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USTA New England becomes an NYSS Champion

December 14, 2022



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USTA New England becomes an NYSS Champion


WESTBOROUGH, MA – The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) of New England is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion.


As a NYSS Champion, USTA New England has demonstrated their organization’s commitment to support safe, fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate, and accessible youth sports opportunities. USTA New England is recognized along with other NYSS Champions on as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America.


“We know children who obtain regular physical activity gain important physical and mental health benefits, which are more important than ever considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains Rear Adm. Paul Reed, M.D., deputy assistant secretary for health at HHS. “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the work of the NYSS Champions who are helping to foster a lifelong love of sports and physical activity for our Nation’s youth.”


“We are thrilled and grateful to be recognized as a NYSS Champion,” said USTA New England CEO and Executive Director, Lindsey Keeler. “Through the many health and educational benefits of tennis, we are working to provide the youth in New England with the best opportunities to succeed and help shape them to be the best well-rounded individuals they can be.”


USTA New England’s priority program is Tennis in the Parks. The organization has partnered with more than 60 town park and recreation departments in New England to introduce thousands of adults and youth to tennis at a reduced cost. New players receive a free racquet with participation. 


USTA New England also offers a variety of junior programming, including Junior Team Tennis and junior tournaments. Youth memberships to the USTA are free.


The NYSS is a federal roadmap with actionable strategies for youth, adults who interact with youth, organizations, communities, and public policy makers to increase participation in youth sports and improve the youth sports experience. The NYSS vision is that one day all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports. NYSS Champions are recognized for working towards achieving this vision.

About USTA New England

USTA New England, one of 17 regional sections across the country that comprise the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit


NYSS Champion is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Used with permission. Participation by USTA New England does not imply endorsement by HHS/ODPHP.


About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


ODPHP plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy through Healthy People 2030, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and other programs, services, and education activities. ODPHP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP visit or follow @HealthGov on Twitter and @HHSHealthGov on Facebook.


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