Community Tennis - USTA Southern California

Socal Community


“The biggest takeaway for me in tennis is building a sense of community."

Socal Community

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“The biggest takeaway for me in tennis is building a sense of community.”

Our Impact in the Community

USTA Southern California is dedicated to providing tennis opportunities to communities and schools throughout Southern California, to foster growth in the sport and engage players of all ages and backgrounds. Thousands of school children have been introduced to the game thanks to USTA SoCal’s Net Generation Schools program, and the amazing work of our community providers and partners.  

USTA in Schools

Since 2019, nearly 700 Southern California Physical Education instructors have received tennis training, curriculum and equipment through the USTA’s Net Generation Schools program. The program focuses on providing resources to teachers and other school staff who can then introduce tennis to their students in a supportive and empowering environment. As a result, thousands of SoCal students at 300 area schools are now exposed to tennis as part of their in-school experience.

Community Providers

USTA Southern California is proud to support a variety of organizations that deliver tennis programming to youngsters throughout the Section. Among them, National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapters provide tennis development, wellness, and education enrichment to under-resourced youth. Community Tennis Associations (CTA) are volunteer-based organizations that support tennis programming for various audiences.

Strategic Partnerships

USTA Southern California has teamed up with several important organizations and philanthropic entities. These strategic partnerships have allowed the Section to make material increases in tennis programming throughout the Section and distribute the important benefits of physical activity and character development to many more young people.

Community Tennis DEI Youth Grant

USTA Southern California supports the development of six (6) players by providing DEI Youth Grants and connection to USTA Southern California’s Junior Pathway and Player Development programs. The objective is to inspire players to maintain a productive childhood and adolescence that is directed toward graduating from a 4-year college and/or a professional tennis career.

  1. Priority will be given to families in need of financial assistance. (Proof of income requested)
  2. The applicant must be between the ages of 10-18.
  3. Applicants must reside in the Southern California Section.
  4. Must have a valid USTA membership (membership is free for juniors).
  5. Players should be a ranked player, rostered HS or MS team members.
  6. Applicant and Parent must maintain a clean bill of sportsmanship in tournament play.
  7. They may use funds for: Tournament Fees; Equipment; Training  camps or lessons; College Fund.

Applications are due by February 4, 2022.
Late entries will not be accepted. 

All applications will be reviewed by an assembled review committee. 

Two boys and two girls will be selected for each tier: 

Tier 1: $2,500 each 

Tier 2: $1,500 each

Tier 3: $1,000 each

Awardees will be notified by February 15. Awardees will receive grant awards at the USTA SoCal Black History Month celebration on February 26.

Expectations of our grant recipients include:

    • Must participate in at least 2 Player Development Camps and specific tournaments selected by USTA SoCal.
    • Player/Parent grant recipient meeting with DEI Committee.
    • Awardees will also become members and participate in the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of USTA SoCal.