USTA Foundation receives Coca Cola grant
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), today announced that it has received a grant in the amount of $125,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm for The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO). As part of the grant, the USTA Foundation will fund $10,000 to 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) programs nationwide that utilize the ACE (Academic Creative Engagement™) Curriculum.
The ACE curriculum provides hands-on academic lessons in literacy and math and includes additional lessons on nutrition, all designed to encourage academic achievement, health and wellness while developing social skills. In addition to the funds, the following NJTL programs will also receive professional development support and materials:
- 15 Love — Albany, NY
- Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation — Atlanta
- Houston Tennis Association — Houston
- InnerCity Tennis (ICT) — Minneapolis, MN
- LA 84 SCTA NJTL — Los Angeles
- National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton — Trenton, NJ
- Richmond Police Athletic League (PAL) — Richmond, CA
- Tennis For Charity — Cincinnati, OH
- The Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center — Boston (Dorchester, MA.)
- Youth Tennis Advantage — Berkley, CA
In January 2014, the USTA Foundation combined with USTA NJTL, a national network of 630 community-based tennis and education programs serving more than 330,000 youth, to become a fully operational foundation.
Founded in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living and education.
“We are extremely grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting the ACE curriculum and our phenomenal NJTL chapters,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “It’s exciting to partner with a company with an extraordinary global presence, and who has positively impacted so many people around the world. With this grant, we are encouraged and look forward to continuing down that same path. These funds provide us with an opportunity to not only support one of our greatest academic programs within the NJTL network, but to continue to grow and expand our outreach.”
USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, helps serve up dreams for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. The foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network, and other efforts to assist Military Heroes and individuals with disabilities. To date, it has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to more than 270 programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through a tennis, education and health curricula. For more information on USTA Foundation, visit ustafoundation.com. Or stay connected through Facebook at facebook.com/USTAFoundation, and on Twitter at @USTA_Foundation.
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 770,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.
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