Rockford Park District receives tennis grant

From press release

Rockford Park District is one of seven community organizations nationwide that has been awarded a Community Partnership Investment Grant (CPI) by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The grant, in the amount of $13,000, is one of seven CPI grants totaling $187,500 awarded by the USTA.

The USTA is the not-for-profit national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S., and the awarded grants are designed to support community-based organizations who build tennis communities through collaborative and lasting partnerships. The organizations selected met the following criteria: increasing tennis participation, supporting tennis programming, and fostering diversity with both participation and programming. All grants ranged from $10,000 to $40,000 and will be eligible for partial renewal for up to two years based on their progress. For more about  the USTA, visit

The money from this grant will go towards our 2010 Neighborhood Outreach Program. Last year, our tennis instructors taught over 950 children the game of tennis by taking Quick Start equipment (portable nets, racquets and balls) to area summer programs and community centers. Our goal for 2010 is to reach and teach 5,000 children the game of tennis. The USTA grant, along with the help of our partners in the tennis community and volunteers, will assist us in meeting this goal,

said Rockford Park District Youth Sports Coordinator Lamont Jones.

The Rockford Park District is one among the organizations throughout the country committed to growing the game of tennis by implementing important local programming such as the Quick Start Tennis play format, and Jr. Team Tennis. The Rockford Park District offers a variety of tennis programs, including lessons for ages 3 through adult, as well as clinics, tournaments and leagues. For information on Rockford Park District tennis programs, visit

From the November 11-17, 2009 issue

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