United States Tennis Assocation
The Association’s philanthropic arm, USTA Serves-Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence. awards grants to organizations that support efforts in tennis and education to help disadvantaged, at-risk youth and people with disabilities. All programs requesting USTA Serves support must offer the components of tennis and education. Education is defined as structured activities promoting academic achievement such as tutoring, homework assistance, computer technology, reading clubs, and mentoring. Also included as components of the education requirement is the preparation of students with life skills that focus on individual character development and the development of social skills, individual goal setting, physical fitness, and self-discipline. Of particular interest are National Junior Tennis and Learning programs and those following the “Aces for Kids” program model. The Aces for Kids program for children between the ages of 5 and 18 works to promote healthy lifestyles and combat childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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