GIRLS RULE THE COURT
July 1, 2017
Girls Rule the Court is an initiative from USTA Mid-Atlantic to get more girls on the court, in coaching positions and having fun with tennis! Using a For Girls, by Girls mindset, the three-part program addresses different barriers preventing the growth of female participation in tennis. The three parts of Girls Rule the Court are:
- Power Play Series: Girls hit the court in one-day play events powered by an all-female on court staff. Located within their own communities, the Power Play Series provides a comfortable space for young girls to learn and enjoy the sport. Each playday includes a breakout session that addresses positive body image and self-esteem using materials from Dove’s Self-Esteem Project.
- Coach Mentor Pipeline: Through the GRTC program, volunteers will fuse a bond through the commonality of womanhood. ADVERTISEMENT To become certified as a GRTC Volunteer, individuals are required to participate in USTA On-Court coaching workshops lasting 3.5 hours. In order to lead workshops, volunteers are required to take an additional certification course with the US Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
- Conversation Series: The GRTC Conversation Series empowers the entire tennis community through hosting trainings and events geared toward combating negative social trends and the marginalization of women in the sport. The series is open to anyone interested in breaking down barriers to female participation in tennis and ready to put their words into action!
In the second year of the program and first year of grant recipients, 14 organizations are hosting Girls Rule the Court Play Events, including 11 who received grant funding from USTA Mid-Atlantic for the program. If you or your child is interested with participating or volunteering with a specific program, please contact
the organization directly.
2017 Girls Rule the Court Participating Organizations
*USTA Mid-Atlantic Grant Recipient