USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced it has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs Of Marin And Southern Sonoma Counties a $5,000 grant. During its 2014 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 46 community tennis and education organizations more than $429,000 in grants.
The Boys & Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties was founded in 1950 and provides youth development services within five program areas: health and life skills, education, the arts, leadership, and athletics. The organization currently has 11 clubhouses in two counties and serves more than 4,450 youth. The grant will be used to fund the NJTL Tennis Academy, which focuses on 10 and Under Tennis, recreational leagues, and tutoring. For more information on Boys & Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, go to: www.petaluma-marinbgc.org.
"We are proud to continue to honor some of our nation’s most successful and thriving tennis and education programs, who devote their missions toward servicing others, especially our under-served youth,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves Executive Director. “We hope they’re able to use these grants to continue their outstanding work, and as they keep education, health and tennis in the forefront, I look forward to the impact they will have in fostering future leaders and champions.”
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that provide disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. Chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of Foundation board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections, the grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed $13 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.