The USTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association, has awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to 155 National Junior Tennis & Learning chapters (NJTL) nationwide, including 14 programs located right here in Southern California.
The grants are designated to support under-resourced youth through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence. These grants, targeted toward community programs designated by the NJTL chapters, are anticipated to support more than 93,000 youth participants at the selected chapters. In total, these chapters will offer more than 68,000 hours of education across the country and 122,000 hours of tennis activities, including the creation and expansion of after-school and summer camp programs.
In the Southern California section, grants will help fund essential services, scholarship, capacity building, and the development of junior pathway programs in communities section-wide, including:
The 40-Love Foundation (Inglewood) and their 40-Love Education initiative, where student-athletes have access tutoring and homework help, literacy, STEAMM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math, Music), and community service initiatives.
First Break Academy (Carson), delivering outstanding After-School and summer programs, free play days, early excellence tennis training, education enrichment, and life skills lessons to elementary and middle school youth.
Grassroots Junior Tennis (Palm Desert).
Love & Love Tennis Foundation (Palm Desert) and its free tennis clinics for kids.
Mountain View Sports and Racquet Club (San Diego) in support of the club’s scholarship fund and summer camp programming.
Pasadena Tennis Association (Pasadena) and the second phase of “Return to Tennis.”
Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program (Tarzana) for capacity building and ongoing tennis programming.
Semurana Tennis Association (Carson) and their Bad Grades, No Play program.
Serve It Up Tennis Foundation (Encino) to help fund the low-income student impact initiative.
Serving Advantage (Orange) for special events and summer/winter camps for athletes with autism.
Serving Up Hope (Los Angeles) and the Best School Tennis program.
Sloane Stephens Foundation (Studio City) and the So. California Love program.
Tennis For Kids (Culver City) and their efforts to increase recreational and competitive pathways.
Youth Tennis San Diego (San Diego) and their Hispanic Initiative and J.U,M.P. program.
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