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USTA Florida and USTA Florida Section Foundation Partner with Special Olympics Florida to Grow Tennis

February 3, 2014 08:34 AM
USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation today announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis play opportunities to athletes in Florida.

The formal agreement builds on the existing support that USTA Florida and its charitable arm have provided to local Special Olympics programs by offering free 10 and Under Tennis workshops, grants, and other resources to providers that offer tennis programs to Special Olympics athletes.

Likewise, Special Olympics Florida will encourage their athletes to participate in USTA Florida programs and events.

"We are absolutely committed to changing lives through tennis," said Linda Curtis, executive director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation. "This agreement is a prime example of how USTA Florida and our Foundation work together to impact communities each and every day. These athletes play tennis for the pure joy of the sport. It's inspiring to see, and I'm proud to know that we will be able to provide even more opportunities for them to play through this partnership."

"At Special Olympics Florida, we embrace the transformative power of sports," says Sherry Wheelock, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Florida. "USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation will help us bring first-rate trainings and competitive experiences to our athletes throughout the state. We are excited for this new partnership and are confident that it will further ignite a passion in our athletes for tennis."

To get a program started, Special Olympics coaches may apply for a USTA Florida Section Foundation equipment grant for adaptive tennis equipment and other program needs by contacting Jessica Flynn at Special Olympics Florida. For additional training opportunities and training resources, please contact Linda Curtis at the USTA Florida Section Foundation at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.

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About the USTA Florida Section Foundation
With a mission of "Changing Lives Through Tennis," The USTA Florida Section Foundation provides financial support that helps Floridians of all ages improve their health and quality of life through the great game of tennis. It is the Foundation's belief that tennis provides opportunities for healthy, social, emotional, physical and educational development and encourages peer and family participation. Foundation grants offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs for those with special needs, community tennis programs in economically challenged areas along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities.

The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a wealth of experience, tremendous passion for sharing the love of tennis, and a big heart for helping people across the state of Florida. For more information about the Foundation, to see examples of our good work, and to donate or apply for a grant, visit www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.





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