USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, has announced that it has awarded the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) in Woodside, N.Y., a $12,500 grant. During its 2012 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 44 community tennis and education organizations more than $400,000 in grants. The NYJTL is the largest tennis and education-themed community organization in the U.S. and offers comprehensive school- and community-based programs throughout New York City's five boroughs serving more than 100,000. The NYJTL provides children with a safe and nurturing environment in which they can learn and thrive academically, while receiving critical support to reach their potential both on and off the tennis court.
"We are extremely grateful to the USTA Serves program for helping fund the New York Junior Tennis League," said Deborah Antoine, president and chief executive officer of the NYJTL. "Our organization helps students learn necessary life skills and helps them prepare and manage the pressures of high school. Funding like this grant from USTA Serves helps to promote informed high school choice decision making and college readiness for our participants."
The NYJTL will use the grant to benefit the 147 participants in its Advanced Training Program, an after-school model that prepares students for the increased academic and social demands of high school through extended learning, study skills training, early college awareness and high school choice guidance.
“USTA Serves is proud to continue to provide financial resources to organizations impacting the future of thousands of children throughout the nation, helping them to develop life skills through tennis and education,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, executive director of USTA Serves. “It is our hope and belief that these young men and women will continue to positively impact their communities and beyond.”
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. Chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of Foundation board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections, the grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.