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In 2003 the United States Tennis Association (USTA) elevated Multicultural Participation to a Level I Strategic Priority, recognizing that continued growth of the game will rely in part on having people of all cultures enjoy the sport. In 2004, the USTA added an Office of Diversity to help guide multicultural participation efforts in all facets of the organization. Lack of financial resources has been identified as a major barrier for young minority players who aspire to excellence in competitive tennis, as well as for local program organizers delivering tennis programs to multicultural audiences. It is with this in mind that the USTA is proud to offer grants to programs, CTAs and individual players to help boost participation.
The types of grants available are as follows:
- Multicultural Excellence Program Grant
- Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training
- Multicultural Community Outreach Grant (formerly the Multicultural Plan For Growth grant for CTA's Serving Multicultural Audiences)
Please note there are several changes to the applications and the requirements. All are marked with the word “NEW.”
- New accountability measures
- Grants for new programs
- Grants for younger players with potential to excel and achieve a top 100 ranking
- On-Site visits for Excellence Program Grant applicants for evaluation and suggestions for improvement
Applications must be returned to the USTA Sectional Office on or before Friday, December 31, 2004. The sectional Multicultural Participation staff member will forward all applications to the national office for review by the Chief Diversity Officer and Directors of Women’s and Men’s Tennis from High Performance by January 15, 2005. Grant award recipients will be notified directly.
For further information, please call your section office, or Karlyn Lothery, Chief Diversity Officer at 914-696-7000.