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USTA Foundation Awards $7,500 Grant to Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn, N.Y.

February 23, 2015 04:42 PM

USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), awarded Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn, N.Y., a $7,500 program grant. The foundation concluded its 2014 grant funding cycle by awarding $741,500 in grants to 44 organizations that provide tennis and education to under-resourced youth and people with disabilities, as well as those organizations with a need for program infrastructure support.

Prospect Park Alliance will support the Special Aces Tennis Program for Disabled Children—a program specifically geared toward encouraging success in children who live with developmental and physical challenges. Through learning and practicing basic tennis skills, participants achieve improved confidence, strength, flexibility and the chance to socialize with peers. The USTA Foundation funding of the organization’s adaptive tennis program will help cover the cost of court fees, equipment and supplies for outreach, keeping the costs low for participating families. This is the fourth time Prospect Park Alliance has been awarded USTA Foundation funding, totaling $30,500.

The USTA Foundation program grant is a biannual national initiative that was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education to give under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured setting. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

“The USTA Foundation is honored to recognize such outstanding organizations around this country, which greatly impact so many deserving students, children in need and the communities in which they live,” Dan Faber, executive director, USTA Foundation said. “Their amazing work makes a difference in thousands of lives across the country and truly inspires us all.”

To date, USTA Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs benefitting thousands of children and adults through tennis, education and health programming, primarily through the NJTL network and also through efforts to assist Military Personnel, Veterans and individuals with disabilities.