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DTA Grant=Tennis+Tutoring

July 21, 2010 10:34 AM
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Students get some help in the classroom before heading to the courts.
Tennis + Tutoring = A Quick Start On and Off the Court:
Using tennis as the vehicle to get the kids excited about learning.

The Dallas Tennis Association is committed to bringing "Tennis Plus" to children in low-income, multicultural areas throughout the community.  With their Tennis, Literacy and Cultural Awareness After School Program participants receive tutoring, computer training, cultural awareness and tennis instruction.  The goal of the program is to aid in the learning process, improve students’ grades, provide a positive after school environment with healthy snacks and introduce participants to tennis through the QuickStart format.     

USTA Serves - the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, awarded The Dallas Tennis Association a grant to cover the first year’s start up costs and operating expenses.  The teachers and parents saw many improvements over the course of that first year.  According to Lead Teacher Jayme Scott, the program made a "positive difference in the lives of our students.  Parental support increased due to excitement for the QuickStart Tennis tournaments.  The level of concentration and detail required in tennis has crossed over into the classroom and most of the students’ grades have increased.  Plus, the students are more disciplined because they have something positive to participate in - even those who were not necessarily interested in athletics enjoyed learning to play tennis."  

USTA Serves provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and motivate students to strive for academic excellence.  Texas has seen numerous organizations benefit from more than $458,000 in grants. Over the years the Dallas Tennis Association, Houston Tennis Association, Tennis Success, Inc. and the Zina Garrison Academy were among those to also receive funding.

USTA Serves touches the lives of individuals as well. Twenty-eights students throughout the Section have felt the positive impact of $141,000 in college scholarships.

You can help USTA Serves make a difference by donating at any time or when you renew your membership on-line. All you have to do is click on the box that says you want to donate to USTA Serves. Half the money you donate will be given right back to USTA Texas, and the other half will be used to help fund deserving programs across the country.

For more information about USTA Serves, to apply for grants and scholarships, or to learn more about what they do visit – www.ustaserves.com. 
 
 

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