USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has announced that for the third consecutive year it has partnered with longtime U.S. Open sponsor Chase to award New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) with a $10,000 grant. The funds will be used toward year-round tennis and education programming that engages kids in the A.C.E. curriculum (Academic Creative Engagement).
On July 15, Chase will also help NYJTL host a #ReturnTheServe Fun Day to celebrate programming and its impact on youth. The #ReturnTheServe Fun Day will include a variety of tennis-related activities for the youth participants, along with their families. In addition, NYJTL will be presented a check by a local Chase representative.
“The USTA Foundation is proud to once again partner with Chase to award NYJTL with this generous grant,” said Dan Faber, executive director of the USTA Foundation. “We commend Chase for giving back to thousands of NJTL participants through the #ReturnTheServe Fun Day that will surely bring a lasting impact to the lives of many.”
In addition to NYJTL, the following NJTL chapters will each receive a $10,000 grant: A's and Aces (New Orleans); Youth Tennis Advantage (San Francisco); Dallas Tennis Association (Addison, Texas); MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation (Jacksonville, Fla.); Portland After-School Tennis & Education (Portland, Ore.); LA 84 Southern California Tennis Association NJTL (Los Angeles); Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group (Upper Marlboro, Md.); The ACE Project (Riverdale, Ill.); and Houston Tennis Association (Houston).
"Access to physical activity and education can have a critical impact on the health and overall wellbeing of children, particularly those in underserved communities,” said Barbara Paddock, managing director for sports and entertainment at JPMorgan Chase. “As a sponsor of the U.S. Open for 35 years, we're proud of the USTA Foundation’s work to strengthen communities, and we’re proud to help build on the impact the NJTL programs have on the hundreds or thousands of youth involved across the country."