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USTA Serves Awards $20,000 Grant to Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation

August 1, 2011 08:31 AM
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 27, 2011- USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), announced it has awarded Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation in Milwaukee, Wis., a $20,000 grant. During its 2011 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves granted 39 community tennis organizations and other foundations more than $400,000 in grants.   
 
Since 2002, the Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation has served over 17,000 Milwaukee children who otherwise would lack a safe, productive, and healthy after-school and summer environment.  The foundation’s high-quality literacy and tennis programming not only builds academic skills and improves fitness but also emphasizes life skills development, which instills the resilience needed to succeed in school and in life. The USTA Serves grant will help the foundation support 245 students with its TEAM (Tennis, Education and Mentoring) program.  The program is a neighborhood-based, year-round after-school and summer youth outreach program. The TEAM program combines education, mentoring and life skills development with the sport of tennis.
 
“USTA Serves is proud to continue to support organizations that believe in the powerful combination of tennis and education to help make a difference in the lives of kids,” says Mary Carillo, President, USTA Serves. “We’ve seen, time and again, that when you give young people a chance to succeed, they grab the opportunity and make the most of it. That’s why we support and commend these organizations that provide kids with that chance, and we look forward to supporting even more programs in the next grant cycle.” 
 
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to 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 $10 million to a variety of programs that share those aims.
 

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