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USTA Multicultural Participation

May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

The USTA Multicultural Participation Initiative is made up of a national and sectional volunteer Multicultural Participation Committee and full-time staff members at the national and sectional level. The volunteer committees and the staff work in a coordinated effort to achieve greater multicultural participation all areas of the USTA.

The Multicultural Participation Committee is part of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), a volunteer-based, not-for profit membership organization that works year-round to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The Multicultural Participation Committee (MPC) was formed by the USTA to increase minority participation-particularly in the African-American, Asian, Latino, Hispanic, and Native American communities.

2005 Multicultural Grants Program
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.
Applications Now Available

USTA Diversity Plan: Multicultural Focus (2003-2005)
The Multicultural Participation Committee was established in 1991 as one of the important developments of the USTA's effort to become a more inclusive organization. In October 2002, the Board elevated Multicultural Participation to a Level 1 Strategic Priority in order to focus the Association's efforts more specifically on this goal.

In February 2003, a 14 member Diversity Guide Team, consisting of volunteers and staff, was appointed by Alan Schwartz to lead the charge of developing a strategic approach to this new Level 1 Strategic Priority. Consulting Works, LLC, was engaged to provide us with external expertise. Five strategic focus areas were established as a result of the process. These priorities will serve as benchmarks, which can be revisited annually to measure progress.

The USTA Diversity Plan: Multicultural Focus, was approved by the USTA Board of Directors at its December 2003 meeting. (click here to see the full Plan)

USTA/MPC Resource Manual for Multicultural Participation
This Resource Manual provides information and suggestions regarding the operation of the United States Tennis Association's Multicultural Participation Section and District Committees. In addition, the manual includes general information regarding the national USTA/MPC's goals and objectives.
Click for full manual

Mulitcultural Grants Program
Grants are available from the United States Tennis Association to Individual Junior Players, Local Excellence Training (LET) and Outreach Tennis Programs primarily serving African-American, Asian, Asian-American, Hispanic, and North American Indian, and Pacific Islander youth. LET and USA Tennis Programs provide a comprehensive training and development system to help players achieve success in competitive tennis. Grants are for one year and range between $5,000 and $25,000.
Click for more information on the grants

Click here for information on the 2004 Western Region Multicultural Coaches Workshop May 13-16


The goals of the Multicultural Participation Committee are:

  • To identify major barriers which prohibit multicultural participation in the USTA.
  • To develop promotional, program and leadership initiatives at the national and sectional levels that will substantially increase multicultural participation in the USTA.
  • To promote inclusion of people from all backgrounds in all areas of the USTA.
  • To build linkages to tennis organizations that serve multicultural communities to better promote tennis in their community.
  • To identify methods to monitor and evaluate multicultural participation in USTA programs and on sectional and national committees.

The USTA Multicultural Participation Department is made up of a National Director of Multicultural Development and a staff person in each of the seventeen USTA Sectional Offices. (Click here for full list of Sectional Staff).

The role of the staff is:

  • To generate awareness of tennis programs and activities.
  • To provide training opportunities for tennis coaches at local, regional, and national locations.
  • To work closely with all USTA program coordinators to promote their programs to diverse communities.
  • To identify possible funding sources to assist programs, players and coaches in their efforts.
  • To work closely with the volunteer Multicultural Participation Committee in the recruitment of new volunteers.
  • To work with established and new Community Tennis Associations to insure that the multicultural segment of the community is represented.

Find out how to contact your Sectional Multicultural Development Staff person.

Who can participate in Multicultural Participation Programs and Activities?
Anyone and everyone in all minority groups can participate in multicultural participation sponsored programs and activities, including:

  • Recreational players
  • Volunteers
  • Competitive players
  • Tennis administrators
  • Coaches
  • Tennis industry professionals

What Are Some Multicultural Participation Achievements?

Recent multicultural participation achievements include:

  • Recent multicultural participation achievements include:
  • The establishment of a working relationship with the American Tennis Association and the North American Indian Tennis Association to assist in increasing the number of players in each community they service.
  • Joint MPC/USA Tennis Player Development programs designed to provide financial assistance to junior development programs, players, and coaches striving to reach the sport's top competitive levels.
  • Open forums held annually around the country to share tennis information and experiences among multicultural communities.
  • Multicultural Outreach Programs to promote the increase of multicultural players, programs, and coaches participating in USA Tennis programs.
  • Diversity training sessions held in each USTA section for board members, committee members, and staff members.
  • Approval by USTA Board of Directors at its December 2003 meeting of the USTA Diversity Plan: Multicultural Focus (2003-2005) (click here to see the entire Plan)


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