USTA Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million in Grants to 155 NJTL Chapters
June 28, 2022
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 28, 2022 – The USTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association Incorporated (USTA), has awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to 155 National Junior Tennis & Learning chapters (NJTL) in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The grants are designated to support under-resourced youth through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character and strive for academic excellence. In addition to these NJTL grants, the USTA Foundation awards individual player grants, scholarships and additional funding throughout the year.
These grants, targeted toward community programs designated by the 155 NJTL chapters, are anticipated to support more than 93,000 youth participants at the selected chapters. In total, these chapters will offer more than 68,000 hours of education and 122,000 hours of tennis activities, including the creation and expansion of after-school and summer camp programs.
As tennis participation boomed in the U.S. with a 27.9% increase of approximately 4.9 million players over the past two years, the USTA Foundation also grew with new NJTL chapters. The tennis and education programming offered by NJTLs across the country is supporting more kids from diverse backgrounds to have access to the many benefits that the sport of tennis offers. According to data from the 2021 NJTL enrollment survey, the total number of youth currently participating in NJTL programming is 45% African American, 20% Hispanic American, and 6% Asian American, representing a more diverse future for the sport of tennis.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the remarkable work being done by these NJTL chapters in carrying out our mission of changing kids’ lives through the powerful combination of sports and education,” said Dan Faber, Chief Executive, USTA Foundation. “It is important for us that our sport reflects the diversity in our country and that everyone feels welcome and has access to the many benefits of our sport, including physical and mental health, social and leadership skills and many other opportunities that will help them succeed on and off the court.”