“We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations across the country that are committed to promoting and growing Wheelchair Tennis."
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced Thursday (15 December) that, for the fourth consecutive year, it is awarding $50,000 in USTA Grassroots Wheelchair Programme Grants to 16 wheelchair tennis programmes across the country.
Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of Wheelchair Tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year.
Grant amounts were based on each programme's existing budget and the future programming needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to fund a variety of needs, including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
“We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations across the country that are committed to promoting and growing Wheelchair Tennis,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis.
“These grants are just a part of our continued efforts in supporting important programmes that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and assist in the development of the sport,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager for Wheelchair Tennis. “The USTA is proud to honour these organizations that show such passion for Wheelchair Tennis.”
The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
Apex Park & Recreation District–Arvada Tennis Center, Arvada, Colorado
Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, Denver, Colorado
Gene Orlando’s Wheelchair Tennis Program, Lansing, Michigan
Georgia Tennis Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Henry County Parks & Recreation, Locust Grove, Georgia
Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho
IMPAKT Tennis, Corte Madera, California
Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond, Virginia
The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, Cincinnati, Ohio
Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults, Fort Wayne, Indiana
USTA Southern Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Georgia
West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, Woodland Hills, California
Wheelchair Sports Federation, Middle Village, New York
Wheelchair Tennis will be one of the 20 sports featured at the London 2012 Paralympic Games next year.