By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
As part of the ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of leaders and top players, the USTA has awarded $150,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program and Individual Player grants to worthy organizations and student-athletes across the country.
Eight organizations have received Multiculural Excellent Program grants for $7,500 in order to continue to grow their junior develop programs and to train young players seeking national and international rankings. More than 100 junior players also received Multicultural Individual Player grants for national competition and training that totaled more than $90,000.
“Each year the USTA is proud to award and highlight the deserving recipients of the Multicultural Program grants,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. ”For so long, these organizations have contributed to the success of many student athletes around the country through their phenomenal work. We’re glad to award them these grants as they continue to build and develop future champions and notable contributors to the sport of tennis.”
The Multicultural Individual Player grants are given to junior players seeking additional competition and training at the national level in order to achieve top national and international rankings in their age group. Recipients are chosen primarily based on their ranking, tournament results and active involvement in USTA events throughout the year.
Multicultural Excellence Program grants are given to year-round organizations with a proven tracking record of developing top tournament players, while also providing a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities throughout the year. Recipients are chosen based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program.
2014 Multicultural Excellent Program Grant Recipients:
Dallas Tennis Association, Addison, TX
Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis, Las Vegas, NV
Northwest High Performance Tennis, Seattle, WA
Peterson School of Tennis, College Park, GA
Ramp Tennis, Carson, CA
South Atlanta Community Tennis Association, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center, Dorchester, MA
T Bar M Tennis Academy, Dallas, TX