Community providers play a critical role in delivering tennis programming to children across Southern California, often reaching underserved communities and serving as the first point of entry for budding young tennis players. As a tennis provider – including NJTL chapters and Community Tennis Organizations – programs within our Section receive essential benefits that help foster and maintain the growth of tennis in our local communities.
If you are interested in becoming a community tennis provider, USTA Southern California offers staff training, a detailed curriculum, and tennis equipment. Click below to learn more.
The community curriculum is a “Learn to Play” program with a focus on warmup, character development, athletic and tennis skill development, and play. Net Generation Red/Orange/Green curriculum available in English and Spanish.
USTA SoCal is available to help you or your organization become a Community Tennis Provider, providing training, curriculum, and equipment to help you get started. To inquire, use the form below.
The USTA Foundation’s flagship National Junior Tennis & Learning program (NJTL) supports local organizations that provide tennis development, wellness, and education enrichment to under-resourced youth. Across the country, there are approximately 300 NJTL chapters that reach nearly 200,000 youth on an annual basis. Students in NJTL programs show improved grades and better behavior, and are better positioned to attend college and be eligible for scholarships.
Southern California NJTLs
There are several Community Tennis Associations (CTAs) located throughout the Southern California Section. These are non-profit, volunteer-based organizations that support or provide tennis programming. The USTA offers vital benefits to CTAs, including low cost insurance and grant eligibility. For the player, these organizations provide ideal entry points for getting started in the game, offering safe and nurturing environments for youngsters to thrive.
Southern California CTAs
Community Tennis Program Grants support organizations and providers who are bringing tennis to communities in myriad and impactful ways. Historically, these grants (formerly the CTA Partnership Grants) have only been awarded to NJTLs or CTAs. But, USTA Southern California has expanded grant candidates to include schools, youth organizations, Parks and Recreation Centers, and community providers.
Applicants must have a current USTA organizational membership, a broad base of community support, and an innovative program that is reaching a location or demographic whose needs are not currently being met by USTA SoCal. Any organization working with youth must be Safe Play Approved (including ALL staff, board members, and volunteers).
Click Here to check if you are USTA Safe Play Approved
Community Tennis Program Grants focus primarily on programs and equipment. They do not cover such things as travel expenses, administrative salaries, capital projects, scholarships, or any other type of pass-through funding.
Community Tennis Program Grants vary widely depending on the scope of the program, but typical grants range from $2000 – $5000.
To apply, please complete the online application.
If you received a grant last year, you must submit a final report.