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ITA Announces Sixteen USTA Multicultural Grants Recipients

November 30, 2012 05:57 PM
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association are proud to announce the 16 recipients of the 2012 USTA Multicultural Grants. These $1,000 grants will assist these coaches in covering the cost of attendance at the ITA Coaches Convention, held at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Florida Dec. 15-18.
While in Naples, the group of beneficiaries will participate in a series of clinics and events to assist them in their profession, including the Multicultural Coaching Education Symposium presented by USTA Player Development.  This training session will provide college coaches with insight into the teaching and coaching philosophy of USTA National Coaches, while also serving as a forum for strategies to increase the number of multicultural tennis coaches and players.
The 2012 USTA Multicultural Grant recipients are:
  • Terry Alexander, Morehouse College
  • Tayo Bailey, Butler University
  • Andre Ferreira, Brenau University
  • Rochelle Nikki Goldthreate, Florida A&M University
  • Tanyaradzwa Gombera, The University of North Dakota
  • Sean Holcomb-Jones, Morgan State University
  • Curtis Lawson, North Carolina Central University
  • Chi Ly, Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Jose D. Martinez, Warner University
  • Ximena Moore, Huntingdon College
  • Eduardo A. Rincon, University of Arkansas
  • Charlotte Scatliffe, University of the Pacific
  • Patrick Sullivan, University of Houston
  • Carl Lynn Summerlin, Sr., Long Island University Post
  • Autumn Williams, Clark Atlanta University
  • Jami Yonekura-Jones, San Diego City College
Among the honorees are African American, Hispanic American and Asian American coaches of teams competing in NCAA Division I, II and III, as well as NAIA and JUCO. First-year and veteran head coaches, in addition to one assistant coach, were selected as recipients.
In asking coaches how attending the ITA Convention, through the help of this grant program, would benefit them, some felt it would be a great networking opportunity while others looked forward to participating in clinics to grow their skills and knowledge as a coach. 
USTA Eastern's Metro Region President and Long Island University Post Coach Carl Summerlin shared, "This is my second year of coaching tennis and I am still learning the nuances of Division II coaching. Attending this convention would allow me to network with other coaches and attend helpful seminars. Participating in group settings allows a variety of information to be passed and disseminated which would allow me to enhance my program."