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May 25, 2008 12:04 PM

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recognizes that diversity is important in promoting and developing the growth of tennis. The USTA defines diversity as differences in culture, ethnicity, race gender, beliefs, social and economic status, physical ability, appearance and ideas. By promoting a tennis environment that is more inclusive the association strives to promote diversity throughout the sport.

The USTA considers multicultural participation to be an important element in reaching its diversification goal. In the USTA Diversity Plan multicultural refers to diversity of races and ethnic groups with specific focus on the African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Native American populations. In its efforts to promote better multicultural participation, the USTA has established a Multicultural Participation Committee (MPC), hired a full time National Director of Multicultural Development, developed a USTA/MPC Resource Manual and established a Multicultural Grants Program.

Additional information regarding the USTA's multicultural and diversity programs can be obtained by accessing USTA Multicultural Participation page. That site can also link you to more information regarding the USTA Multicultural Participation Department, names of the Multicultural staff person for each of the seventeen USTA sectional offices and the Multicultural Grants Program.

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