Overhead slams, pushups, crunches, squats, burpees. Training to be a competitive tennis player takes dedication, consistency, and determination. Although USTA cannot train in your place, we do provide support and resources that can help make the journey to competitive excellence easier. Below are a list of USTA national grants that help provide funding to offset costs associated with training and competition.
The Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition and Training Grant is a grant open to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding is provided from USTA National and is based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2017. In order for junior players to be eligible, players must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Applications deadline is January 20, 2017. Click here to read more about grant application instructions. Click here to apply.
The Multicultural Excellence Program Grant is open to programs cultivating young players to reach the highest level of national junior tennis. The grant is provided by the USTA Diversity & Inclusion Department to help offset expenses to any full time program which offers travel, to assist a team of two or more players to compete in the main draw of singles at any USTA sanctioned events. The deadline is rolling throughout 2017. Click here to apply
Essay Grants are open to individuals between ages 12 to 18 with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. These grants are provided to widen the net of opportunity to young players who aspire for excellence in competitive tennis and reward tennis players who work to excel in leading others on and off the court. Grant applicant requirements vary per topic and can be found by clicking on the topics listed below. Deadline to submit is January 20, 2017.
- Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant
- Althea Gibson Leadership Award
- Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant
- Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant
- Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant
Not only does grant giving assist junior players in reaching a higher level of competition, it also helps to cultivate the relationship between USTA and those who are passionate about achieving excellence in tennis. USTA Mid-Atlantic has grant opportunities for juniors and programs seeking funding assistance to grow in the sport. Stay tuned to Tennis on Point or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for more information of funding opportunities in 2017!
For more information on the National grant process, please contact:
Yasmine Osborn, Manager, Diversity (914) 572-2547 Yasmine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Licorish, Coordinator, Diversity (561) 465-6201 Licorish@usta.com