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USTA Florida Section Foundation Announces 2011-12 Program Grants, New Board Members

August 26, 2011 11:17 AM
Section Foundation.jpgThe USTA Florida Section Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA Florida since its inception in 2004, has announced upcoming grant opportunities of up to $5,000 for Florida non-profit tennis and community organizations offering programming in youth tennis and adaptive tennis for special populations of all ages.

"The USTA Florida Section Foundation is thrilled to be in a position to be able to financially assist non-profit USTA member organizations fulfill its mission, 'To Improve the Health and Quality of Life of Floridians through Tennis,'" said Foundation President Donn Davis. "With the recurring revenue stream from 'Play Tennis' Florida license plate sales, we feel that we can positively impact the young and the young at heart with tennis throughout Florida. That's our goal and we're working hard to make it happen."

To qualify for a program grant, organizations must have a non-profit designation from the IRS or be a government entity; be a USTA Organizational Member in good standing; have a broad base of community support and meet a compelling need in the community; align with the Foundation's focus on youth tennis and tennis for adaptive populations of all ages; and practice and provide services without discrimination as protected by law.

Exclusions include funding for individuals (future youth scholarship opportunities will be announced in Fall 2011); administrative staff salaries; travel expenses; building, renovating or maintaining tennis facilities (grants for building, renovating and maintaining tennis facilities will be available through the Foundation's Facility Grant program available in Spring 2012); and capital projects.

Deadlines for 2011-12 grants are Sept. 30, 2011 (grant decision notification by Oct. 31, 2011); March 31, 2012 (grant decision notification by April 30, 2012); and Sept. 30, 2012 (grant decision notification by Oct. 31, 2012). 

To view the full grant application, go to the Foundation Program Grant page. 

The USTA Florida Section Foundation also announces its three newest Board members in Kenneth Cherven, Celia Rehm, B.J. Webb.

Cherven is the former president and CEO of the First Community Bank Corporation in Pinellas Park, Fla., and has been a participant in USTA League tennis for more than 20 years. He is also an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, and is involved in various tennis and sports fundraising endeavors. 

Rehm is currently in her 18th year of serving on the USTA Florida Board of Directors and other USTA Florida committees and councils. She is a former USTA Florida president among other positions, and has served on numerous USTA national committees and councils. Her current passion is the newly-formed Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association in her hometown, which in 2011 brought USTA public parks Jr. Team Tennis to the City of Jacksonville for the first time.

Webb of Longboat Key, Fla., is presently the chairperson of the Town of Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board, is founder of the non-profit "Here 2 Help Foundation" which provides assistance to military families, and has been a USTA committee member since the inception of the Longboat Key Senior Clay Court Championships, which raises money for the local tennis center.

They join current board members Peggy Beard of Dade City, Donn Davis of Punta Gorda, and Judy Foster of Clearwater.

"The addition of these three new board members, the roll-out of the Foundation Program Grant and the upcoming Youth Tennis Scholarship opportunity will all serve us well as we move forward in advancing our mission," said USTA Florida Director of Community Tennis Linda Curtis. "It is exciting to see so many possibilities on the horizon for the Foundation."

For more information on USTA Florida Section Foundation grants go to the Foundation grants page






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