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USTA Serves Awards Grants to Two Eastern Organizations

January 14, 2013 09:45 AM
HERO, Inc. of Purchase, NY
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced this week that it has awarded two USTA Eastern organizations with grants: HERO, Inc. of Purchase, NY was awarded $12,000, and the Police Athletic League of Parsippany-Troy Hills in Parsippany, NJ, was awarded $10,000. During its 2012 year-end funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 34 different community tennis and education organizations more than $340,000 in grants.
HERO’s mission is to provide quality recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The USTA Serves grant will fund adapted tennis programs at six Head Start Centers, serving 683 pre-schoolers considered at-risk. The program aims to enhance physical, behavioral and cognitive skills while providing a fun-filled atmosphere for children.
The Police Athletic League of Parsippany-Troy Hills was established in 1965 and is one of the 75 programs of the Police Athletic League of New Jersey, which serves more than 50,000 children. The USTA Serves grant will support the league’s "Games with Friends Tennis" program, which teaches tennis to special needs and underserved youth, ages 5-18, in Parsippany-Troy Hills and in the surrounding towns in Morris County. The program aims to provide opportunities for kids with physical, developmental, and situational challenges to help build better lives through education and activity.
"USTA Serves is happy to support these organizations throughout the country who strive to
provide systemic change for America’s youth, by promoting tennis and education," says Deborah Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. "These organizations share our belief that tennis, combined with education, can have a lasting effect on the lives of children and help pave the way to a brighter future for them. It’s an honor to support these organizations, and we applaud them in their efforts."
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide
disadvantaged, at-risk youth with the opportunity to participate in tennis and strive for academic
excellence, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. The grant
recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board
members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections and committee
personnel. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully demonstrate the ability to provide
quality programming and measurable outcomes. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $11 million to 236 programs that support its mission.