| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has announced that it has awarded more than $324,000 in grants to 38 community tennis and education organizations during its 2013 spring funding cycle. Among those receiving grant awards is the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program Inc. (HJTEP) and The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City.

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. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $11 million to a variety of programs that support its mission.

“USTA Serves is delighted to award these deserving tennis programs for their commitment to positively-enriching the lives of the youth in their communities through tennis and education,” said Dan Faber, USTA Serves executive director.” Education is key to fostering growth and success in life, while a healthy lifestyle is a key ingredient to longevity. And with these programs providing the necessary tools and tennis lessons for youth all over the country to achieve that notion, I’m glad that we are able to honor them as they work to positively impact this and other generations to come.”

The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.