USTA Serves – Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence.

  • A 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1994 as USA Tennis Foundation, most recently known as USTA Tennis & Education Foundation.
  • Mission Statement: To support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of disadvantaged children through the integration of tennis and education.
  • Is the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) philanthropic initiative that builds on the USTA’s social conscience of addressing important health issues, diversity issues, and general well-being in the United States using tennis as the catalysts and change agent.
  • Raises money to disburse funds nationally. Thanks to the generosity of the USTA and individual and corporate donors, USTA Serves has been able to direct virtually 100% of its contributions to grants and college scholarships.
  • Donations to USTA Serves are deductible to the extent provided by law.
  • 153 community tennis programs across the country which provide positive role models, academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to help prevent violence, substance abuse and school dropouts have been funded.
  • Is inclusive of youngsters from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Encourages success and self-esteem in people with disabilities.
  • Over $6 million has been funded in “Aces for Kids” program grants to 153 nonprofit tennis and education sites in 120 cities in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
  • 150,000 children have gotten racquets into their hands as well as received homework assistance and tutoring at “Aces for Kids” sites.
  • 13 Adaptive Tennis (Special Populations) programs have received 23 grants totaling $322,586.
  • Over $2 million has been awarded in college scholarships to over 400 financially disadvantaged high school seniors.
  • In addition to being a funding source, USTA Serves monitors the programs and works with them to develop and enhance their capacity building skills, as well as maintaining accountability. During a grant term and afterward, USTA Serves provides its grant recipients with networking opportunities, program development information, and guidance to become self-sufficient.
  • Honors the responsibility to its donors by continually working to ensure that due diligence is applied to all of its processes.
  • Serves as a resource to other organizations seeking support and guidance in developing programs which include tennis supporting the guiding principles.
  • Serves as a resource for USTA Section Foundations by hosting work sessions at USTA Annual and Semi-Annual Meetings.
  • Thanks to a new membership initiative launched in 2006, USTA renewing members can make a voluntary online contribution to USTA Serves with a portion going to the USTA Section Foundation in the member’s community. In just two years, this program has generated over $150,000.
  • Youth, Family Community Development:
  • Aces for Kids (general programming)
  • USTA National Junior Tennis League (NJTL)
  • First Serve, Inc.
  • Independent CTA’s (community tennis associations)
  • Community Building through Recreational Facilities Programmning: A partnership USTA Serves, the Ford Foundation and USTA NJTL to bring together people from varied backgrounds in neighborhoods experiencing rapid economic and social change.
    • The NJTL chapters selected for the project are: Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis & Education, Philadelphia, PA; MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Jacksonville, FL; Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation, Milwaukee, WI; Tenacity, Inc., Boston, MA: and, Tennis Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • Education: Provides over $400,000 annually for college scholarships and player incentive awards.
    • Marian Wood Baird College Scholarship
    • Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    • Eve Kraft Education and College Scholarships
    • Dwight Mosley Scholarship Awards
    • USTA Serves College Educational Scholarships
    • USTA Serves Player Incentive Awards
    • Health-related causes: Adaptive Tennis programs and DEUCE (Disparity Elimination Using Care and Exercise)
    • Fundraising Opportunities at the US Open:
      • 7th Annual OPENing Night Gala on the Opening Night of the US Open (Monday, August 25, 2008) – raises approximately $400,000
      • 6th Annual Pro Am at the US Open to Benefit USTA Serves (Friday, September 5, 2008) – raises just under $100,000
      • In 2005, USTA Serves created the “Avenue of Aces” donor recognition project at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Proceeds from the Avenue fund grant and scholarship programs. Has raised more than $1 million.
      • USTA Serves will benefit from the sale of $5 grounds passes on Finals Weekend.
      • Sales of US Open game-used balls generates approximately $15,000.
      • Leadership:
        • USTA Serves is led by a thirty-three person Board of Directors, comprised of business and philanthropic leaders.
        • USTA Serves Executive Director Karen Martin-Eliezer manages and oversees the implementation of fundraising, grants award programs and scholarships.
        • Patrick McEnroe is the current President of USTA Serves.
        • Pam Shriver is the Immediate Past President.
























































































 
 
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