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Jacksonville, Lee County, Pensacola Receive $100K Tennis Grants

March 13, 2012 12:06 PM
10andunderlogo_stack_4cJacksonville, Lee County and Pensacola are the three Florida recipients among 18 total communities across the U.S. receiving the latest round of USTA 10 and Under Tennis grants as part of an effort of the United States Tennis Association to get more kids playing tennis.
 
Each of the three Florida communities will receive $50,000 in funding from USTA Florida, and $50,000 from the USTA national body for a combined $100,000 in funding.
 
The amount will be distributed over a three-year period to build new and adapt current tennis courts to accommodate 10 and Under Tennis, as well as support new programs.
 
10 and Under Tennis provides the opportunity to achieve immediate success by playing tennis on smaller courts, using smaller and lighter racquets and slower-moving and lower-bouncing balls. In total, USTA national will disperse $900,000 in grants to support its youth initiative and fund tennis programs.
 
"We are excited to be working with the local tennis leaders in these communities to help introduce the game to more kids," said Kurt Kamperman, USTA national chief executive, community tennis. "We believe tennis is the sport of opportunity that provides a lasting effect on the lives of children."
 
Community officials will work with the USTA to ensure that local organizers have the proper techniques and skills to implement this new method of teaching tennis to kids. The USTA and the USTA Florida Section will be working with partners, such as schools, public parks, youth organizations, tennis facilities, and pros to incorporate tennis into physical education classes, after-school programs and other youth programs to drive participation. 
 
Jacksonville, Lee County and Pensacola join the previously-awarded regions of Hillsborough County (Greater Tampa), Seminole County (Greater Orlando), and the Village of Wellington (Palm Beach County) as the six Florida regions receiving $100,000 10 and Under Tennis growth grants.
 
Other grants in the latest round went to Atlanta, GA (east); Atlanta, GA (west); Jackson, MS; Richmond, VA; Birmingham, AL; Metro Phoenix East Valley, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Bayamon/San Juan, PR; Mobile, AL; Salt Lake City, UT; Honolulu, HI; Northern Albany, NY; Seattle, WA; Northern Colorado; and Springfield, MA.
 
A global rule change in youth tennis took effect on Jan. 1, 2012, requiring USTA-sanctioned 10 and Under Tennis tournaments be played utilizing proper-sized equipment and smaller courts, signifying the emergence of 10 and Under Tennis as an integral part of the development of young players.
 
Last year, the USTA awarded grants and provided support to 26 communities. To date, the USTA has invested over $2 million in grants to support its youth initiative. The USTA’s goal over five years is to bring 10 and Under Tennis to kids in more than 100 local markets nationwide.
 
For more information on the 10 and Under Tennis, visit www.10andundertennis.com.
 
 
 
 

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