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USTA Member Dollars at Work: 38th St. Apartments Tennis, Jacksonville

July 17, 2012 01:24 PM
Your USTA Florida membership is more than playing league and tournament tennis.
 
Your membership dollars advance the game in Florida by providing public tennis courts, programming for kids and adults, and grants to start programs across the state.
 
Below is one example of USTA Florida’s member dollars at work – a grant to the 38th Street Apartments in Jacksonville, an inner-city, low-income housing complex that, with no tennis courts available, turned the back lot into seven 36-foot 10 and Under Tennis courts last year (click graphic to watch the video).
 
 
 
Now kids who may otherwise not be able to play tennis are learning the game with the right-sized racquets, courts and lower-bouncing balls. The apartment complex is currently running a free tennis camp for child residents following an equipment grant from USTA Florida, which results from member funding.
 
"Not only is Coach Daisha running an incredible program for these kids, she’s also engaged the parents and grandparents as coaches, and is having them read books and articles about tennis so they can learn more about the history of the game," said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Jacksonville area Amanda Becker. "It’s very impressive."
 
Almost as impressive as the support from the 50,000 USTA Florida members whose support funds projects like the 38th Street Apartments grant that are happening all across Florida. To see more grant projects go to www.ustaSharetheLove.com.
 
To support USTA Florida as a new member, or renew your membership to support these programs and receive renewal gifts, click here.
 
 

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