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Prospect Park Alliance Receives Wheelchair Program Grant

February 2, 2011 11:59 AM
The USTA announced that it is awarding $45,000 in USTA Grassroots Wheelchair Program Grants to 21 wheelchair tennis programs across the country for the third consecutive year. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year.
Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programmatic needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
"We are thrilled to again recognize local organizations across the country that are committed to promoting and growing wheelchair tennis," said Dan James, USTA National Manager, Wheelchair Tennis, "These grants are just a part of the continued effort in implementing important programs that reach out to the wheelchair community through tennis and the USTA is happy to assist in these endeavors."
The USTA grants are being awarded to the following organizations:
• Adaptive Athletics Association, Mountain Center, Calif.
• Ala Moana Wheelchair Tennis Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
• Apex Park & Recreation District–Arvada Tennis Center, Arvada, Colo.
• Colorado Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, Denver, Colo.
• County of Maui Department of Parks and Rec, Kahului, Hawaii
• Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association, San Jose, Calif.
• Gerald West Coast Wheelchair Tennis Association, Woodland Hills, Calif.
• Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, Boise, Idaho
• IMPAKT Tennis, Corte Madera, Calif.
• Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Philadelphia, Penn.
• Mid Atlantic Wheelchair Athletic Association, Stuarts Draft, Va.
• Midland Community Tennis Center, Midland, Mich.
• Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund, Inc., Waterloo, Iowa
Prospect Park Alliance, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
• RHI Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Richmond Tennis Association, Richmond, Va.
• SportAbility of Iowa, Solon, Iowa
• Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Utah Tennis Association, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Walton Foundation for Independence, Augusta, Ga.
• Wheelchair Sports, Inc., Wichita, Kan.
Additional USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grant opportunities will be announced in 2011. Organizations that are interested in starting a wheelchair tennis program or would like more information about wheelchair tennis can email wheelchairinfo@usta.com.