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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): Collegiate Bedford Cup; Adaptive Grants Deadline

September 17, 2013 08:36 AM

Florida's Top College Tennis Players to Face Off at 2013 Bedford Cup

NCAA_Tennis_LogoThe 3rd annual Bedford Cup, featuring the top collegiate men's and women's tennis players from all NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of the Florida, will be held on Sept. 26-29, 2013, on the campus of Florida State University.
Last year's event, held at the University of Florida, saw UF's Gordon Watson win the singles title, while Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock of Florida State won the doubles championship.
Watson, a redshirt freshman playing in the second tournament of his collegiate career at the time, defeated North Florida's Moritz Buerchner 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the final. Buerchner won the inaugural singles championship in 2011, which was held on the campus of USF. In last year's doubles final, Bucaro and Lock defeated Mike Alford and Florent Diep of the University of Florida 8-5.
Last year the event welcomed a total of 64 players from UF, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State, Miami, North Florida, Stetson, Central Florida and South Florida competing in both singles and doubles.
The Bedford Cup is sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, with additional funding provided by the Edward T. Bedford Foundation. The 2013 event will feature a women's division for the first time.
Past Champions:
2012 -- Men: Gordon Watson (UF), Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FSU)
2011 -- Men: Moritz Buerchner (UNF), Mitch Thams/Juan Bolona (UCF)
For more event information go to www.ytf-fl.org/YTF%20Mens%20Intercollegiate.html.

Adaptive Tennis Grants Oct. Deadline

adaptiveThe deadline for USTA national grants for adaptive tennis programs for the remainder of 2013 is Oct. 18 from USTA Serves, the official charitable arm of the USTA.
USTA Serves awards program grants twice a year to programs that support at-risk youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence.
To date USTA Serves has granted more than $12 million to fund 247 programs in 184 cities in 47 states, including more than $900,000 to adaptive tennis and wounded warrior programs for people with disabilities.
To qualify for a USTA Serves Grant, organizations must:
* Provide tennis programs for underserved youth, ages 5-18, with an educational component OR;
* Provide tennis programs for people with disabilities (all ages) with a life skills component for Adaptive Tennis programs AND;
* Be a USTA Organization Member;
* Be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and;
* All applications must be submitted online.
Educational components may be defined as:
* Promote academic achievement through homework assistance, tutoring, reading clubs and computer literacy;
* Participate in peer and professional mentoring programs;
* Learn about and practice healthy nutrition and physical fitness;
* Improve life skills that focus on character and social development, or;
* Offer college preparatory sessions.
For additional information about submitting a grant proposal, visit www.grantrequest.com/SID_527?SA=AM or e-mail foundation@usta.com.





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