Juega Tenis initiative
USTA Eastern | August 7, 2017
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USTA Eastern will keep this page updated with local play and spectator opportunities close to home! Here is a sampling of local options.
Perth Amboy YTL in conjunction with the City of Perth Amboy, Boys & Girls Clubs of Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Area YMCA and Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD).
- League registration rolling
- Matches will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Brighton Avenue Tennis Courts
- Click here to register
If you are interested in learning more information, please contact our local Tennis Service Representatives. These individuals support USTA Eastern programming and connect both players and tennis organizers with local opportunities.
- Metro - Gustavo Padilla - 914-393-8377
- New Jersey - Quacey Balleste - 914-272-5692
- Southern - Sandy Hoffman - 914-980-8216
- Long Island - Neil Thakur - 914-589-4500
USTA Eastern is introducing the Juega Tenis (Play Tennis) initiative that strives to deliver tennis opportunities to Latino communities in Passaic, Hudson and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. Historically, these communities have not benefited from broad tennis access, and it is USTA Eastern’s priority to provide play opportunities throughout these locations. If you would like to get involved, please click here to sign-up!
“Our goal is to welcome more Hispanic families into the USTA community by providing multiple opportunities for all children and their families to enjoy the sport of tennis,” said USTA Chairman, CEO and President Katrina Adams. "This is a tremendous effort by the USTA Eastern Section, and one that will have an ever-lasting impact on these deserving communities for generations to come."
USTA Eastern is focused on offering valuable programs and resources to anyone who wishes to play tennis. The organization will be funding schools and parks and recreation programs in these communities and has committed $60,000 in 2017. Moreover, local schools that register a Youth Tennis Initiative (YTI) will receive a $1,200 grant to host Kids’ Tennis Clubs. These clubs provide school-aged children with the opportunity to try tennis in a friendly and low-pressure environment.
USTA Eastern is also funding two parks and recreation programs, one in Passaic and one in Hudson County. Each park will receive $7,000 to operate Youth Tennis Leagues (YTL). These leagues include drills and match play for entry-level children.
Tennis has changed. It’s easier than ever to get in the game with equipment sized right for players of every age and skill level. Lower bouncing balls make rallying more fun and the best part is - no courts are required! Players can set-up a play space on any safe, flat surface (e.g. a parking lot, a school blacktop, etc.)
Tennis participation positively influences the lives of U.S. youth across all socioeconomic levels. Statistics show tennis players*:
Get Better Grades – 48 percent have an “A” average
Have College Aspirations – 81 percent say they will attend college
Are More Community-minded and Well-rounded – 82 percent volunteer in their communities
This initiative will not only allow USTA Eastern to introduce Latino families to the sport, but will also enable the organization to create a pathway for continued involvement and growth.
*Sabo,D., Veliz, P. and Rafalson, L. (2013) More than a Sport: Tennis, Education and Health. White Plains, NY: USTA Foundation Published January 2013, by USTA Foundation, 70 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604 © 2016, USTA Foundation, All Rights Reserved.
- Queens Latino
- Visiones, NBC 4 NY segment for Hispanic and Latino families