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USTA awards more than $50,000 in support of grassroots wheelchair tennis programs

January 26, 2022

Thirty-two deserving wheelchair tennis programs in 19 states have been cumulatively awarded more than $50,000 to support the work they're doing in their communities with the latest round of USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants.

 

Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget, as well as the future needs of each organization. Recipients can use the award to support coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events, including tournaments and camps.

 

“The USTA is proud to award these grants to deserving wheelchair tennis organizations in recognition of their commitment in promoting and growing the sport of wheelchair tennis,” said Jason Harnett, head coach of USTA wheelchair tennis. “These grants are a part of a continued effort to expand programs that support the wheelchair community through tennis and foster growth and success in players.”

 

The USTA has awarded these grants since 2008, and more than $700,000 has been awarded to programs since then.

 

This year's honorees include Alabama's Dream Court, Inc., the winner of the 2021 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award; Nebraska's Woods Tennis Center, the largest public tennis facility in the state; and Sportable, who provided specialized tennis wheelchairs for the first Team USA wheelchair tennis clinic at the Virigina Tech community last fall.

 

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Dream Court Inc. (Montgomery, Ala.)
  • Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • ASRA/Wheelchair Tennis San Diego (Carlsbad, Calif.)
  • West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association (Hollywood, Calif.)
  • Brandt Sports Management, Inc. / Star Island Tennis (Kissimmee, Fla.)
  • City of Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
  • Idaho Wheelchair Tennis (Boise, Idaho)
  • QCA Adaptive Sports Association (Davenport, Idaho)
  • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Assoc. (GLASA) (Lake Forest, Ill.)
  • The Louisville Area 10 & Under Tennis Association (Shelbyville, Ky.)
  • South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation (Attleboro, Mass.)
  • Bennett Institute Physically Challenged Sports (Baltimore Md.)
  • Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) (College Park, Md.)
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • Woods Tennis Center (Lincoln, Neb.)
  • Southeast Recreation Department (Brewster, N.Y.)
  • Rochester Accessible Adventures (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Western Wake Tennis (Cary, N.C.)
  • Wheel Serve NC (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • High Point Parks & Recreation (High Point, N.C.)
  • Town of Kernersville Parks and Recreation Department (Kernersville, N.C.)
  • Cincinnati Tennis Foundation (Cincinnati)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chester (Chester, Penn.)
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (Philadelphia)
  • Mid-Carolina Tennis Association (Rock Hill, S.C.)
  • Dallas Wheelchair Tennis Club (Highland Village, Texas)
  • West Texas Pro Tennis (Lubbock, Texas)
  • Morgan's Wonderland (San Antonio)
  • Spring Rollers LLC (Woodlands, Texas)
  • Piedmont Area Tennis Association (Henrico, Va.)
  • Sportable (Richmond, Va.)
  • Galbraith Tennis Center (Tacoma, Wash.)

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