USTA Foundation surpasses $40M in funding

February 28, 2019

After awarding more than $6.6 million in support of its key programs and initiatives in 2018, the USTA Foundation has now surpassed $40 million in total giving to tennis and education programs and under-resourced youth since its inception, with over $40.2 million distributed.


The national charitable arm of the USTA supported National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Excellence Teams and STEM and ACE curriculums in 2018, in addition to providing more than $4.7 million in programming and capacity-building grants and college scholarships. A total of $1.9 million was distributed in support of program services that are vital in helping NJTL chapters remain sustainable and impactful for its youth participants. These services include technical assistance, coaches' training, program evaluations and delivery methodologies.


In the USTA Foundation’s year-end funding cycle, $1.2 million in capacity-building and program grants were distributed to 43 local NJTL chapters nationwide to help strengthen their programming and capacity-building infrastructure.


The Foundation’s corporate philanthropic support also continued in 2018, with nearly $2 million from multiple partners who supported a variety of the Foundation’s programs. National partners include American Express, Chase, Deloitte, ESPN, Rolex and Wilson.  


“2018 proved to be one of our most successful years at the USTA Foundation as a result of our fundraising efforts, which provided us a tremendous opportunity to fund hundreds of programs and reward thousands of deserving students,” said Dan Faber, executive director of the USTA Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to spread our message that the combination of tennis and education has a lasting and positive impact on youth.” 


In achieving this new mark of $40.2 million, the USTA Foundation has now awarded funding to hundreds of community-based, grass-roots programs, benefitting thousands of children through tennis, education and health programming, primarily through the NJTL network. This network features nearly 300 chapters that reach approximately 180,000 youth on an annual basis, providing free or low-cost tennis and education programming to the 50 largest markets in the U.S. It's all in service of a mission to nurture future leaders and enable kids in need to succeed on the court, in the classroom and in life.


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