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October 10, 2014 08:04 AM
USTA National Foundation Grant Deadline on Oct. 17

usta_foundation_logoThe USTA Foundation, formerly known as USTA Serves, will close applications for its second round of grants on Oct. 17, 2014.

The USTA Foundation awards grants to programs that support at-risk youth and individuals with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence.

To date the USTA Foundation 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 see the grant application go to https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_527/Default.asp, or for additional info e-mail foundation@usta.com.

Port Orange to Host USTA Florida 10-U Regional Kids Team Tennis Challenge

JTT-Sun-2Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. Now the new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational
team play to the Central Florida area.

USTA Florida's Team Tennis Challenge series, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by Airport Road Park in Port Orange, Fla., on Nov. 15, 2014, for children age 10 and under.

The one-day tournament will host gender-blind teams of no more than six players per team. Players must be age 10 or under to compete, with Orange Ball and Red Ball

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. Both USTA members and non-members can participate. Registration is $20
for USTA members, $30 for non-members.

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early. Lunch will also be provided.

To register or for more information go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges<http://www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenge.

Orlando Tennis Coach Named to USTA 2014 No-Cut All-Star Team

Mark Noel of Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Fla., was named by the United States Tennis Association to its national 2014 No-Cut Coach All-Star Team, joining 13 other exceptional high school coaches throughout the nation who implement a "no-cut" policy which welcomes all interested students to be a part of their school's tennis team.

The No-Cut Coach All-Star Team was established in 2013 to recognize a select group of coaches nationwide for their special achievements in offering a "No-Cut Tennis" policy. Coaches are nominated by their respective USTA Section.

"Throughout the year, these coaches play an integral role in the development of student-athletes and the success of No-Cut Tennis," said USTA National Manager of High School Tennis Glenn Arrington. "We applaud their efforts at encouraging players of all levels and allowing them to share in a rewarding team experience at their school."

Since 2006, more than 4,000 tennis coaches nationwide have made a commitment to offering a no-cut policy, with some programs including more than 100 team members on a high school team. The coaches of these teams serve as positive role models and make a difference by spending the extra time and effort to ensure that young players experience the fun and fulfillment of playing tennis and participating in a school sport.

To qualify for the USTA No-Cut All-Star Team, coaches must be currently implementing a no-cut policy on their tennis teams, be currently registered with the USTA as a "no-cut" coach, and have coached  tennis for a minimum of five years.

To register as a no-cut coach or to learn more about the program and free registration incentives, visit www.usta.com/no-cut.





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