March 6, 2019
At USTA Mid-Atlantic, our ultimate vision is that every child in the Mid-Atlantic plays tennis. We know how important and powerful it is to provide youth a healthy, empowering, and enriching activity that can launch the next generation into a successful future. For some young players in the sport, competition and tournaments is where they are happiest - pursuing a path to personal excellence and dreams of high school, collegiate, and even professional tennis careers. But this often can come with both financial and geographical barriers that for some families may mean their child can no longer pursue their tennis dreams. USTA Mid-Atlantic believes that any child deserves a chance to dream big on the tennis court no matter their background, zip code, resources, or ability.
Mid-Atlantic Summer Camp Scholarships
The MAS Summer Camp Scholarship program gives young athletes the unique opportunity to attend a summer camp for varying lengths (primarily one week), free of charge. The camp scholarship program is made possible by the USTA MAS and organizations that donate camp sessions. ADVERTISEMENT Summer camp applications are currently CLOSED. Please check back in January 2020.
Mid-Atlantic High Performance Junior Scholarship
USTA Mid-Atlantic created a scholarship program that supports highly competitive junior players in need of financial assistance. We provide a financial award that players and their families, as they gain competitive tennis experience, travel to various tournaments and build character through the sport – all skills that can benefit them and our community well-beyond their years on the court. This program emphasizes volunteerism and has traditionally engaged scholarship recipients as youth ambassadors and mentors.
For more information on scholarships, please contact Lisa Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For highly competitive junior tournament players, their tennis experience and development includes traveling to local and regional tournaments, extra hours on the court training, and frequent purchases of new equipment.
These costs can be a significant barrier for many families in the Mid-Atlantic region, especially those of low-income. Our past scholarships recipients have come from economically disadvantaged households. They’ve had median household incomes of around $53,000.
When you are faced with tough decisions between paying the bills and playing a sport, it may mean that pursuing tennis has to stop completely due to hurdles that are just too high. We believe there is an opportunity to take these barriers down and enable more children the chance to keep playing tennis. Your support is needed.
High Performance Junior Player Costs At-a-Glance
On average, a child playing competitive tennis in the Mid-Atlantic costs a family $20,000 or more per year. Examples of expenses are as follows:
Driving To/From Tennis Practice - $1,000 per month in gas (20 miles round trip times 4 days a week x 52 weeks)
Travel to Tournaments (Hotel & Meals) - $8,500 ($500 per weekend x 17 weekends)
Tennis Academy or Clinics - $15,000
Off-court Training (Strength/Conditioning) - $2,600 (2 $50 sessions twice a week for a year)
Private Lessons - $4,680 (avg $45 per hour x 2 days x 52 weeks)
Equipment (String & Grip) - $2,400 (estimating $600 per quarter)
Tennis clothes/shoes - $1,000 per year
Tournament registration fees - average $70-150 per tournament
At USTA Mid-Atlantic, we are creating healthier, happier, and more active communities through tennis. Our Annual Report tells our story of impact and how we are transforming more lives through the lifelong sport of tennis.