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What We Do

With a mission of “Changing Lives through Tennis”, the USTA Florida Section Foundation provides financial support to organizations that help people of all ages and abilities improve their health and quality of life through the great game of tennis. The Foundation grants offer funding for youth tennis programs, adaptive tennis programs for those with special needs, community tennis programs in economically challenged areas, along with facility assistance in the renovation, refurbishment and building of quality public tennis facilities.

Funds Awarded

Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded $410,000 in grants for tennis programs serving people of all ages and abilities throughout Florida. Whether at public or private facilities, in big cities or rural towns, using full-size or modified courts and equipment, the young and young-at-heart are playing tennis longer and having more fun than ever before – all while enjoying the benefits of better health and fitness.

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Organizations We Have Funded

  • Embry-Riddle Tennis Camps
  • Buck Lake Elementary
  • Greater Miami Tennis Foundation
  • Hebni Nutrition Consultants
  • Kids in Distress
  • YMCA of Central Florida Titusville
  • Gilchrist EDEP
  • Volusia Flagler Family YMCA
  • Boys and Girls Club of Taylor County
  • City of Miami Parks and Recreation
  • Montessori Academy of Early Enrichment
  • Perry Elementary School
  • W.T. Moore Elementary School
  • Leon County
  • Special Olympics Florida – Leon County
  • Special Olympics Florida – Lee County
  • Special Olympics Florida – Manatee County
  • Special Olympics Florida – Palm Beach County
  • USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger
  • Orlando Community & Youth Trust
  • Palmer Catholic Academy
  • Special Olympics Florida – Hillsborough County
  • Fox Hollow Elementary
  • Special Olympics Florida – Okaloosa County
  • Richey Elementary School
  • Forest Meadows Tennis Center
  • Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association
  • Tillman Elementary School
  • YMCA of the Suncoast
  • R’Club Child Care, Inc.
  • St. Paul’s Catholic School
  • South Miami K-8 Center
  • John Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Westminister Oaks Retirement Community
  • Dade County Sports Foundation
  • Elbert Elementary School
  • Catherine Strong Park, Delray Beach
  • G. D. Rogers Garden Elementary School
  • MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation
  • Summerville Advantage Academy
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Police Academy League
  • Charter School at Waterstone
  • ACEing Autism
  • Panda Foundation
  • Keys Gate Charter School
  • Halpatiokee Park
  • Florida Disabled Outdoors Association
  • The Embrace Girls Foundation
  • Saint Johns Parks and Recreation at Mills Field
  • Wahneta Elementary School
  • Citizen’s Alliance for Progress
  • Belle Terre Swim Club
  • City of Port Orange
  • St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church
  • Destin Elementary School
  • River City Science Academy
  • Golden Grove Elementary School
  • Flagler County Tennis
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Special Olympics Florida, Lake County
  • Beaches Episcopal Church
  • Central Florida YMCA
  • Central Middle School
  • Southwestern Middle School
  • Playing for Love Foundation
  • First Serve Miami
  • Osceola Elementary School
  • Westside Elementary School
  • Boys Town
  • Friends of Miami Tennis
  • Flagler County Schools Community Education
  • Palm Beach Area Tennis Patrons
  • Miami Beach JCC
  • Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Special Olympics Florida, Sarasota County
  • Special Olympics Florida, St. Lucie County
  • Special Olympics Florida, Santa Rosa County
  • Special Olympics Florida, Orange County
  • Special Olympics Florida, Duval County
  • Tennis Sport Club at the University of Tampa
  • Special Olympics Florida, Hillsborough County
  • UPARC
  • City of Fellsmere
  • Holy Nativity Episcopal School
  • School of Arts and Sciences Charter School
  • Special Olympics Florida, Manatee County
  • Gilchrist EDEP
  • Apalachee Elementary EDEP
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department
  • Bunnell Elementary School
  • Flagler Sheriff’s PAL
  • Jumpstart Tennis
  • Penny Sugarman Tennis Center
  • City of Destin
  • Largo Tennis Center
  • Solivita Racqueteers
  • Mirzadeh Tennis Academy
  • Gretchen Everhart School
  • Tennis by Pat
  • Finished Sports Academy
  • Marshall Creek
  • Polonsky Tennis Academy
  • Maribel Gross Tennis
  • Jacaranda West CC
  • Racquet Tennis Center
  • Yacht and Country Club of Stuart
  • North Palm Beach Country Club
  • Kurt Collis Tennis Academy
  • Kidokinetics, Inc.
  • Brandywine Tennis and Fitness Club
  • Boca Woods Country Club
  • Jj’skidsllc
  • SP Tennis
  • Sandestin Tennis
  • Wild about Sports
  • MG Tennis
  • Trombetta Tennis Academy
  • Montessori School of Pensacola
  • Kurt Collis Tennis Academy
  • EFW Sports at the Tournament
  • Kiwi Tennis Club
  • Club Continental
  • DeBary Country Club
  • Court Counsel
  • Oceanside Country Club
  • MG Tennis

What Others Are Saying

Keonna Perry

"I started playing tennis in fifth grade after attending an after school program funded by the USTA Florida Foundation. I continued to play in middle school where my coaches told me that they are here to make me a better tennis player but, more importantly, a better person. They not only coach tennis but they also encourage me to focus on achieving my dream of becoming an athletic trainer. "
— Keonna Perry, Participant of the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s Aces in Motion Tennis Outreach Program for at-risk children

Jessica Flynn

"Thanks to USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation for their support of our athletes. This adaptive tennis equipment is going to go a long way."
— Jessica Flynn, Director of Foundation Relations, Special Olympics Florida

MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation

"The USTA Florida Section Foundation’s grants have truly made an impact on the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation programs over the past two years. Through the generosity of USTA Florida and the Foundation, MWKF was able to expand our 10U Junior Team Tennis programs to nearly 200 youth playing in match play at least twice a month. It is awesome to hear the kids talk about their ‘teams’ and their upcoming matches with such enthusiasm. The lessons they will learn…even as young as six….will be invaluable and will absolutely help them as they develop off the court as well."
— MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation,

Ramon Echeverria

"I am very happy and grateful to the USTA Florida Section Foundation for considering our city and for providing funds to retrieve this field. Our children and their families now have the opportunity to be active and live a healthier life."
— Ramon Echeverria, Principal, Fellsmere Elementary School

Dave Scheck

"One participant named Katie was overheard saying how much she enjoyed playing tennis and how she looked forward to attending our Afterschool Program because we played a lot of tennis. We have parents explain to us how their children want to play tennis outside the walls of the YMCA and how they think they will play tennis when they get to High School. What you guys do is a wonderful thing, keep on growing tennis and helping kids. "
— Dave Scheck, Program Director, Highlands County Family YMCA

Janet Raney

"This grant program has been a life-saver for Tiger Tennis. There is no way that I could provide the activities for the children without the support of the grant. I can get some donations, but not the amount that is needed to provide the equipment so that every child can have a tennis racquet to use and tennis balls to hit. Thank you!"
— Janet Raney, Southwestern Middle School

Tim O’Donnell

"The grant provided by the USTA to Sopchoppy Education Center has provided a life changing
opportunity to many students at our school. Youth that never considered playing tennis, or had the opportunity to do so, now express enthusiasm and constantly ask, "when can we start playing tennis again?" Without a doubt, every one of our program participants now regards tennis in a completely different and very positive manner. Many have told me they will never forget their tennis program and were surprised by how much they enjoyed playing the sport. Some even expressed interest in participating in competitive tennis, something they had never even dreamed of due to lack of knowledge and opportunity to participate. Some told me "it is the best sport I've ever played in school."

Some said, "I never imagined I could compete with some of the athletic students in any sport. Winning a tennis match against them is something I will never forget.""
— Tim O’Donnell, Sopchoppy Educational Center

Marc Pulver

"I have a passion for tennis and I want to be a coach for Special Olympics athletes. I feel like I can help others living with autism."
— Marc Pulver, Athlete

Cybil Pulver

"Marc always felt that autism is just a roadblock…He feels he can accomplish anything he wants. (Marc Pulver, 57 years old Special Olympics athlete started his training for tennis when he was 16 years old because he has a passion for the game of tennis, especially for other Special Olympic athletes. )"
— Cybil Pulver, Marc's Mother

Bryan Shelton

"Aces in Motion is truly making a difference in the Gainesville community. To see at-risk kids lives enriched in a positive way has also brought our entire tennis community together. (Wesley participates in the Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association’s Aces in Motion program that offers disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn and play tennis and teaches life skills on and off the court.)"
— Bryan Shelton, University of Florida Head Men’s Tennis Coach

Nancy Grow

"You just don't want to be anywhere else on Friday other than tennis."
— Nancy Grow, Mother of Downs Syndrome athlete; Tennis for Fun

Ken Anderson

"A lot of these young adults and children don't have a chance to really do a lot of activities unless somebody's there to guide them. To have a program like this is fantastic if for no other reason than people loving other people."
— Ken Anderson, Father of Downs Syndrome athlete; Tennis for Fun

Ruth Lyle

"The students were really engaged in the tennis activities which really cut down on any disruptive behaviors because they did not want to miss out on tennis. The students really looked forward to doing the activities and the older students that participated in the lessons using the Tennis Skillastics had a great time as it was something different for them. They enjoyed it so much that I also purchased the Fitness Skillastics to add to our lessons this year. "
— Ruth Lyle, PE Teacher, Sealey Elementary School

Amy McCully

"The JCC, its kids, and their parents have all expressed their gratitude in finally having a quality recreational program for the kids in the area. The kids and parents are loving that their kids are improving in their tennis skills, while the program also focuses on the character of the child."
— Amy McCully, Jewish Community Center

JR Harding

"People with disabilities want to learn to play tennis just like everyone else. Now that there is tennis equipment available at Rish Park, people with disabilities have the opportunity to play tennis, learn how to be part of a team, and maintain a level of fitness through an active lifestyle… your grant will be able to bring an active sport to those who have been living on the sidelines."
— JR Harding, External Affairs, Agency for Persons with Disabilities