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Largo Masters Tennis; Grants Available

April 3, 2014 11:37 AM
Florida's Largo Tennis Center was the most recent recipient of a $700 grant for a Masters Tennis program from the USTA Florida Section Foundation, the grant-giving arm of USTA Florida.

Masters Tennis is bringing players back to the court with its fun format using the lower-compression "orange ball" on a shorter 60-foot court, marked within a regular 78-foot court.

USTA-Masters-Tennis-No-Shield_co_webThe grant dollars will be used for tennis equipment for the Masters Tennis program in the City of Largo.

"The majority of our members are 55-plus and still like to play the game of tennis, but do not have the ability to play on a regulation court," says Mike Croft, Southwest Complex recreation manager for the City of Largo. "By adding the Masters Tennis program to our courts, we feel that anyone can play."

Masters Tennis recreational programs can be delivered by community tennis associations (CTAs), tennis clubs, parks and recreation departments, community homeowners associations, not-for-profit service organizations and other tennis entities. The 60-foot short-court option applies to a wide array of Florida players -- veterans looking to get back in the game after injuries, players who can no longer cover a full court, or adults newer to the game looking for a fun challenge.

"We conduced a free demo day on March 27 for anyone interested in learning more about the Masters Tennis program, and the following day we had a Free Master's Tennis Play Day open to the public," Croft added. "We are very excited about this new opportunity and will hopefully gain some new members to our tennis community."

To apply for a program grant, applicants and organizations must be a current USTA member in good standing, should demonstrate meeting a compelling need in the community, and practice and provide services without discrimination as protected by law.

"The Masters Tennis program is an example of how the USTA Florida Section Foundation is meeting its mission of 'Changing Lives through Tennis,'" said Foundation Grant Administrator Mary Harowski. "Whether at public or private facilities, in big cities or rural towns, using full-size or modified courts and equipment, the young and young-at-heart are playing tennis longer and having more fun than ever before -- all while enjoying the benefits of better health and fitness."

To apply for a Masters Tennis program grant or for complete pre-application information go to www.ustafloridafoundation.com/equipmentgrants, or contact USTA Florida Section Foundation Executive Director Linda Curtis at CurtisL@florida.usta.com.






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