USTA Awards $50,000 in Wheelchair Tennis Grants

Multiple programmes to benefit from investment. 16 Dec 2011

“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.

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