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USTA Serves awards $10,000 grant to Currey Ingram Academy

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced it has awarded Currey Ingram Academy in Brentwood, a $10,000 grant. During its 2012 year-end funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 34 different community tennis and education organizations more than $340,000 in grants.

The Currey Ingram Academy (CIA) helps children with learning disabilities and differences succeed not only in athletics, but also in academics. Students who become more self-confident, focused and fit, often have better academic performance. CIA believes that adding technology to the tennis program will enhance the overall experience of tennis and allow less- athletic children the opportunities to enjoy the sport. The USTA Serves grant will positively impact classroom achievement and improve physical coordination and performance in 293 children with learning disabilities and learning differences through the use of music, video and computer technology in the Currey Ingram Academy tennis program.

“USTA Serves is happy to support these organizations throughout the country who strive to provide systemic change for America’s youth, by promoting tennis and education,” says Deborah Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These organizations share our belief that tennis, combined with education, can have a lasting effect on the lives of children and help pave the way to a brighter future for them. It’s an honor to support these organizations, and we applaud them in their efforts.”

The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk youth with the opportunity to participate in tennis and strive for academic excellence, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.  The grant recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections and committee personnel. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully demonstrate the ability to provide quality programming and measurable outcomes. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $11 million to 236 programs that support its mission.

Posted on: 1/10/2013


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