Monday June 30, 2008
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 30, 2008 - The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, today announced that that it has awarded 19 grants in its 2008 spring Aces for Kids funding cycle, totaling $312,260. The MACH Academy, in Martinez, Ga., will receive a $25,000 grant.
The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation awards grants to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.
Aces for Kids is a national initiative of the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. It strives to promote healthy lifestyles by combating childhood/adult obesity by providing disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. At Aces for Kids program sites, children between the ages of 5-18 learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible citizenship, study skills, and computer literacy, as well as interact with a mentor and other students; attend college preparatory sessions, and learn to play tennis in a team format.
Opened in 1992, MACH (Mentoring, Academics, Computers & Healthy Recreation) is a community based recreational and education program for children in Georgia and South Carolina. Special emphasis is placed on children who live in assisted or low income housing communities who are at risk for academic failure. This grant will help MACH encourage 120 new participants and their families to participate in a variety of tennis/fitness, cultural and social skill development programs.
“Helping children to develop healthy lifestyles and succeed in school are the goals of these incredible, life-changing programs,” said Karen Martin-Eliezer, Executive Director, USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. “We are grateful to the USTA, and so many corporations and individual donors for the generous support that empowers the Foundation to allocate funds to these worthwhile organizations.”