Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Scholarships & Grants, More

December 18, 2013 01:14 PM
Williams Named USTA Florida Recreational Tennis Coordinator

Carla-Williams-webUSTA Florida announced in December that Carla Williams has been named recreational tennis coordinator for the USTA Florida Section, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Williams joined the USTA Florida Section in 2012 as tennis program coordinator for the Region 3 Tampa/St. Petersburg area, with duties including coordinating the 10 and Under Tennis Target Market Initiative in the tennis community of Hillsborough County. She also led a project team which developed the Masters Tennis (55 short court play) initiative for USTA Florida in 2013, and led the roll-out of Masters Tennis in targeted communities in 2013.

Williams will report to Andy McFarland, associate executive director for USTA Florida.

"The recreational tennis coordinator position focuses on leading the efforts with our new Florida After-school Network (FAN) partner in developing quality after-school tennis programming around Florida," McFarland said. "Carla will also coordinate Kids Tennis Clubs, Play Days, and tennis workshops around Florida, among other duties."

Established in 1949, USTA Florida is a section of the United States Tennis Association. It is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with approximately 50,000 members, 1,000 organizational members and a $4 million budget. As the official governing body of tennis in Florida, USTA Florida operates from an executive office in Daytona Beach with 27 staff members and more than 600 volunteers throughout the state working towards a mission to promote and develop tennis in Florida. To learn more about USTA Florida visit www.ustaflorida.com.

For additional information contact Andy McFarland at mcfarland@florida.usta.com or Carla Williams at williams@florida.usta.com.

2014 USTA National Diversity & Inclusion Grants Available

Celebrating_Diversity_USTA_FloridaThe 2014 USTA Diversity & Inclusion Grant applications are now available. The four individual grants, and one program grant, are all due to the National Diversity & Inclusion office no later than Jan. 17, 2014.

All applications can be accessed at www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/AwardsandGrants.

The Multicultural Individual Player Grant is open to diverse tennis athletes who achieve top USTA national ranking and who plan to participate in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2014.

The Pancho Gonzalez Scholar Athlete Essay Grant and Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Essay Grant are open to high-performance tennis athletes who also excel in the classroom. Each grant will award $2,500 each to one female and one male applicant.

The Althea Gibson Leadership Essay Grant is open to high-performance tennis athletes who also demonstrate strong leadership skills on and off the court. Two applicants, one female and one male, will each be awarded $2,500.

The Multicultural Excellence Program Grant is open to year-round programs that have competitive junior development programs. The program must provide a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Grants please contact Jean Desdunes, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at Jdesdunes@usta.com or (561) 962-6491, or  Terri Arnold-McKenzie, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion, at Arnold@usta.com or (914) 697-2381.

2014 Tennis College Scholarships Available
mediawall-USTA ServesUSTA Serves awards scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate academic achievement, perform community/volunteer service, participate in organized youth tennis program, and demonstrate financial need.
College scholarships offered include:
  • The Marian Wood Baird College Scholarship
  • The Rosalind P. Walter College Scholarship
  • The Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • The Dwight Mosley Scholarship Award
  • The USTA Serves College Education Scholarship
  • The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship
  • The USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship
The deadline for submission of scholarship applications is Feb. 21, 2014. Applications must be submitted via the USTA Serves, Inc. online application link. Applicants may apply for all of the indicated scholarships; however, individuals will not be awarded more than one scholarship.

For more information go to www.ustaserves.com/grants_scholarships/college_scholarships.