| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The USTA announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, it is awarding $50,000 in USTA Grassroots Wheelchair Program Grants to 16 wheelchair tennis programs across the country. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year. Among those receiving grants is Middle Village, N.Y.-based Wheelchair Sports Federation, a national non-profit that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.

Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programming needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to fund a variety of needs, including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).

“We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations across the country that are committed to promoting and growing wheelchair tennis,” said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis. “These grants are just a part of our continued efforts in supporting important programs that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and assist in the development of the sport. The USTA is proud to honor these organizations that show such passion for wheelchair tennis.”

The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:

►Wheelchair Sports Federation, Middle Village, N.Y.

►Apex Park & Recreation District–Arvada Tennis Center, Arvada, Colo.

►Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex.

►Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, Denver, Colo.

►Gene Orlando’s Wheelchair Tennis Program, Lansing, Mich.

►Georgia Tennis Foundation, Atlanta

►Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, Grand Rapids, Mich.

►Henry County Parks & Recreation, Locust Grove, Ga.

►Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho

►IMPAKT Tennis, Corte Madera, Calif.

►Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond, Va.

►The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, Cincinnati, Ohio

►Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults, Fort Wayne, Ind.

►USTA Southern Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

►Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.

►West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, Woodland Hills, Calif.