USTA National has announced that it is awarding more than $50,000 in USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to 32 deserving wheelchair tennis programs nationwide. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport to help build stronger, healthier communities. The USTA has given more than $700,000 to wheelchair tennis programs across the country since the first grants were awarded in 2008.
In Southern California, two organizations will receive grant support, including ASRA/Wheelchair Tennis San Diego (Carlsbad) and West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association (Hollywood).
Grant amounts were based on each program’s existing budget, as well as the future programming needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to support coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events, including tournaments and camps.
“The USTA is proud to award these grants to deserving wheelchair tennis organizations in recognition of their commitment in promoting and growing the sport of wheelchair tennis,” said Jason Harnett, USTA Wheelchair Head Coach of Player Development. “These grants are a part of a continued effort to expand programs that support the wheelchair community through tennis and foster growth and success in players.”
Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis in Southern California should contact Kevin Finkelberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).