Building a Tennis Community
USTA Middle States Announces More Than $175,000 of Support for Tennis Provider Network
USTA Middle States is organizing tennis provider support initiatives that will infuse $175,000 into tennis organizations, facilities and programming as the sport collectively fights back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This set of initiatives — part of USTA Middle States' Building a Tennis Community — is separate from the additional support being allocated by the USTA to the tennis industry. The overarching goal of this assistance is to provide immediate relief, spur the industry’s recovery, and help rebuild the tennis ecosystem once tennis programming resumes.
“Our facilities and organizations are the foundation of our sport,” said Ben Zislis, Executive Director of USTA Middle States. “We feel it is our responsibility to support them in every way we can, and we are fortunate to be in a position to do so.”
This Building a Tennis Community support is focused solely on the tennis provider network inside the USTA Middle States section, which encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey (exclusive of a 35-mile radius around New York City) and northwestern West Virginia.
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Highlights of this initiative include:
Facility Stimulus Package – Through a tiered system, all USTA organizational member clubs in Middle States (active as of 3/1/2020) will automatically receive a direct financial benefit. Facilities with 1-4 courts will receive $500, facilities with 5-9 courts will receive $750, and facilities with 10 or more courts will receive $1,000. These funds were sent in May 2020 without the need for filling out applications or submitting information.
Provider Appreciation Month / Welcome Back to Tennis – When widespread tennis play and USTA programming resumes, USTA Middle States will organize a Provider Appreciation Month. During this time, the Section will actively promote Welcome Back to Tennis events across the section with an emphasis on local play. These events, hosted by any provider who applies and is approved, will welcome the community back to the game. Facilities and/or organizations will receive a $200 stipend, per activation, to offset court and overall event costs. Additional information will be available as more frequent tennis programming resumes.
Scholarships and Grants – An additional $30,000 will be budgeted for local program grants and scholarships specifically for Community Tennis Associations (CTAs), National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapters, Parks and Recreation offices, and schools.
Middle States Varsity Team Challenge – USTA Middle States will support team-based tournaments for high school-aged players throughout the Section. Funds raised for these events will be funneled directly to the event organizer. Opportunities for additional partnerships and community initiatives may be built into these events. Organizer Planning Form
Bounce Back Team Challenge – Limited to the first 20 providers, USTA Middle States will provide a $400 stipend and tennis balls to organizations that run a minimum of five Team Challenges in a two-month window (dates depend on USTA program resumption date), using the USTA’s new registration system. To be eligible for this stipend, organizations must reach out to USTA Middle States and receive confirmation so that event details can be shared. Organizer Planning Form
Back to School Packs – USTA Middle States will purchase 30 Back to School packs for youth participants in local NJTL programs that run five or more Team Challenges during the same two-month window of the Bounce Back Team Challenges.
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