New England Tennis & Education Foundation Makes Positive Impact in 2023
WESTBOROUGH, MA - During this November of Giving, we are proud to share the 2023 impact of The New England Tennis & Education Foundation, which is USTA New England’s 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
In total, the foundation granted just over $72,000 to eight organizations in monetary grants and in-kind donations to directly support nearly 2,500 youth and adults throughout New England. Two of the grants were given to support organizations for three-year periods.
“We're proud to invest in the future of education and tennis, fostering growth, empowerment, and community throughout New England. With many of our grants, we're creating pathways for success that go beyond the tennis courts,” said Mary McKernan, President of the New England Tennis & Education Foundation.
Five National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapters were awarded in-kind athletic apparel by the Good Sports Foundation totaling $27,342. Good Sports drives equitable access in youth sports and physical activity by supporting children in high-need communities to achieve their greatest potential, on the field and in life. The five NJTL chapters are First Serve of Bridgeport (CT), Bennington Aces (VT), Grassroots Tennis & Education (CT), Serving Stars (MA) and Central Lincoln County YMCA (ME). In total, these chapters serve an estimated 1,225 youth in tennis programming.
The foundation supported the Progreso Latino Summer Youth Program with a $1,500 grant. Progreso Latino’s mission is to help Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities achieve greater self-sufficiency and socio-economic progress by providing transformational programs that support personal growth and social change. Its summer program, which includes tennis, supported 45 youth in 2023.
The Newton Schools Foundation received $30,000 to use over three years to support the Calculus Project in memory of Dr. Isador Singer, a world-renowned mathematician and avid tennis player who resided in Newton, MA. The Calculus Project is a math equity initiative that uses research-supported strategies to increase the diversity in honors and advanced-level math classes to reflect the rich diversity that exists in Newton's High Schools. This project services 200 students a year.
A local Community Tennis Organization in Newton, called Friends of Newton Tennis, is a non-profit that exists to maintain the 67 public tennis courts within the city limits, to organize tennis opportunities and to promote tennis as a lifelong sport to residents. The 501(c)(3) received $15,000 to use over three years to support their robust mission and make tennis accessible to the more than 87,000 residents in the city. There are currently around 3,000 tennis players in Newton, MA according to Friends of Newton Tennis organizers.
The New England Tennis & Education Foundation’s mission is “Creating life-changing opportunities through access to tennis, education and wellness for the community.’ Every dollar goes to directly impact the foundation’s mission. To make an impactful donation this holiday season, click here.