DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

WHAT WE BELIEVE

USTA Southern California strives to be a model of inclusivity and equity as we bring competitive, social and fitness-oriented tennis programs to Southern California residents. We are fully committed to making tennis accessible to diverse and underserved communities so that they may experience and enjoy the life-long benefits of the sport. Our investment in the players and organizations who serve these communities allows USTA Southern California to extend our reach across the Section, recognizing and supporting young and talented players of color who have the potential to use tennis as a vehicle for obtaining a college or vocational education, or a professional career.  As an organization, we stand firmly alongside progressive organizations which seek to eradicate historical wrongs, working in tandem towards a community where every person is afforded boundless ability to thrive. We believe all of these things will improve our SoCal tennis community and create a stronger industry with better prospects for future success, both on and off the tennis court.

USTA Southern California Social Injustice Statement – August 1, 2020

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

WHAT WE BELIEVE

USTA Southern California strives to be a model of inclusivity and equity as we bring competitive, social and fitness-oriented tennis programs to Southern California residents. We are fully committed to making tennis accessible to diverse and underserved communities so that they may experience and enjoy the life-long benefits of the sport. Our investment in the players and organizations who serve these communities allows USTA Southern California to extend our reach across the Section, recognizing and supporting young and talented players of color who have the potential to use tennis as a vehicle for obtaining a college or vocational education, or a professional career. 

As an organization, we stand firmly alongside progressive organizations which seek to eradicate historical wrongs, working in tandem towards a community where every person is afforded boundless ability to thrive. We believe all of these things will improve our SoCal tennis community and create a stronger industry with better prospects for future success, both on and off the tennis court.

USTA Southern California Social Injustice Statement – August 1, 2020

Our Objective

Operate programming with an understanding of cultural differences to ensure our programs and events are enjoyed by everyone.

Create strategic partnerships with organizations and companies that are working in diverse communities and ensure diverse suppliers are a part of our sourcing and procurement process.

Cultivate and support tennis programs and events where the primary objective is to create access to the sport for under-resourced  communities.

Recruit and retain a diverse workforce throughout the SoCal tennis industry that includes volunteers, coaches, officials, and tournament directors

Reflect and represent the true diversity of Southern California in our front-facing content and materials.

Establish a workplace culture that is inclusive, collaborative, and brings to bear the talent and diversity of our staff.

Reflections of Diversity

 

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee of USTA Southern California was formed to provide a voice for issues relating to D&I in the tennis community, as well as to advise, guide and collaborate with USTA SoCal toward increasing diversity and inclusion among players, coaches, and other members of the SoCal tennis industry. 

Esther Hendershott 
Director of Community Tennis

Lorena Martin

Damu Bobb

Justin Belisario

Phillip Kim

Doris Obih

Ryan Redondo

Junior Development Grant

As part of our commitment to supporting young tennis players from under-resourced communities in Southern California, we have earmarked up to $10,000 annually for grants to players who demonstrate good citizenship, a commitment to his/her education, and to playing tennis in college and/or beyond. These grants may be applied for via the SCTA Foundation website. 

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Featured Players

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