The USTA's commitment to Wheelchair Tennis and young players continues with the announcement of development grants for 18 different programs across the U.S. in 2014.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
The investment in Wheelchair Tennis in the United States is going strong. For the sixth consecutive year, USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants were awarded to wheelchair tennis programs across the country, with $65,000 being awarded to 18 programs in 2013.
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 program's existing budget and the future needs. Recipients are encouraged to use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives, including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
“We are delighted to award and recognize these deserving Wheelchair Tennis organizations nationwide for their commitment in promoting and growing wheelchair tennis and positively impacting wheelchair tennis players,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis. “These grants are just a part of the continued effort in implementing important programs that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and foster growth and success in individual players. The USTA is very happy to assist in these endeavors.”
The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
- Ala Moana Wheelchair Tennis Club, Honolulu
- Apex Park & Recreation District–Arvada Tennis Center, Arvada, Colo.
- Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center, St. Louis
- Grey Rock Tennis Club, Austin, Texas
- Holliday Park Kids CTA, Topeka, Kan.
- Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho
- Kalamazoo Wheelchair Tennis Association, Kalamazoo, Mich.
- New England Wheelchair Sports – NH Clinic, Dover, Mass.
- Northwest Wheelchair Tennis Association, Keizer, Ore.
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Charlotte, N.C.
- Plantation Community Tennis Corporation, Plantation, Fla.
- Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Utah Tennis Association, Salt Lake City
- Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.
- Wheelchair Sports Federation, Middle Village, N.Y.
- West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, West Hollywood, Calif.
- Wheel It Forward, North Kansas City, Mo.
- Wheelchair Tennis Atlanta, Atlanta
Additional USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grant opportunities will be announced in 2014. Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1998, the USTA assumed responsibility for wheelchair tennis in America from the National Foundation for Wheelchair Tennis. Since then, the USTA has become the first National Governing Body of both Olympic and Paralympic tennis, governing Paralympics, ParaPan American Games and World Team Cup events.
The USTA remains dedicated to providing top-flight programming and developmental opportunities to wheelchair athletes of all ages and backgrounds willing to learn the sport and have fun.