PURCHASE N.Y., August 2, 2023 – The USTA Basis, the charitable arm of the USTA, has awarded grants totaling greater than $4 million to 148 Nationwide Junior Tennis & Studying chapters (NJTL) in 41 states and the District of Columbia-the largest quantity awarded thus far. The grants are designated to assist under-resourced youth via tennis and education schemes designed to provide them the chance to enhance their well being, construct their character and assist them obtain tutorial excellence. Along with these NJTL grants, the USTA Basis awards particular person participant grants, scholarships and extra funding all year long.
Focused in direction of neighborhood applications designated by the chosen chapters, these grants are anticipated to assist greater than 126,000 youth individuals throughout the nation. In complete, these chapters will supply greater than 81,000 hours of training and 246,000 hours of tennis actions, which incorporates the creation and enlargement of after-school and summer season camp applications.
The tennis and training programming supplied by NJTLs aim is to supply entry to extra children from numerous backgrounds in order that they have the chance to entry the numerous advantages that the game of tennis presents. In keeping with knowledge from the 2022 NJTL enrollment survey, the whole variety of youth presently taking part in NJTL programming is 42% African American, 21% Hispanic American, and eight% Asian American, representing a extra numerous future for the game of tennis. General, tennis participation is booming within the U.S. with a 33% enhance since 2020, with individuals of shade representing 38% of the taking part in inhabitants.
“The NJTL chapters throughout the nation are the center and soul of the USTA Basis,” mentioned Kathleen Wu, USTA Basis Board President. “They carry our mission to life by offering entry to applications to younger people who assist them fall in love with the game, construct confidence, keep bodily energetic, and develop management expertise that may assist them reach each a part of their lives.”