Nicholas J. Walz | January 8, 2015
The USTA is awarding a record $86,000 in USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to 20 wheelchair tennis programs nationwide in 2015. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities.
Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year.
Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programmatic needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
“Wheelchair tennis continues to grow in the United States and the USTA is delighted to award a record amount of Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to deserving wheelchair tennis organizations for their commitment in promoting and growing the sport,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis, “These organizations positively impact wheelchair tennis players and these grants are just a part of the continued effort in implementing programs that support the wheelchair community through tennis and foster growth and achievement in individual players. ADVERTISEMENT ”
The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
- Bennett Institute of Physically Challenged Sports, Baltimore
- Chattahoochee Foundation, Atlanta
- City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, Denver
- Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center, St. Louis
- Houston Wheelchair Tennis Program & Team, Cypress, Texas
- Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho
- Las Vegas Wheelchair Tennis, Las Vegas
- Mid-Carolina Tennis Association, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Charlotte, N.C.
- Southern Crescent Tennis Association, Peachtree City, Ga.
- Sportability of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Sportable, Richmond, Va.
- Tennis 4 Every 1, The Woodlands, Texas
- University of Alabama – Adaptive Athletics, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- University of Houston – Adaptive Athletics, Houston
- Utah Tennis Association, Salt Lake City
- West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, North Hollywood, Calif.
- Wheelchair Sports Federation, Middle Village, N.Y.
- Wheelchair Sports Inc., Wichita, Kan.
Additional USTA Wheelchair Tennis grant opportunities will be announced in 2015. Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis can email firstname.lastname@example.org.