USTA Honors A’s & Aces (New Orleans) as a 2013 National Junior Tennis & Learning Chapter of the Year

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USTA HONORS  THREE NJTL CHAPTERS

FOR ENHANCING CHILDREN’S LIVES THROUGH TENNIS & EDUCATION

A’s & Aces (New Orleans); Prince George’s Tennis & Education Foundation (Prince George County, Md.); and Olivencia Tennis (San Sebastian, Puerto Rico)

to Receive National Award as USTA/NJTL Chapters of the Year

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 4, 2013 – The USTA announced today that three National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapters nationwide have been honored with the USTA/NJTL Chapter of the Year Award.  The USTA recognizes chapters and programs in three different budget levels to reward those organizations that enhance children’s lives through tennis and education.

The 2013 USTA/NJTL Chapters of the Year and their corresponding budget levels are: A’s & Aces ($500k and over); Prince George’s Tennis & Education Foundation ($50k-500k); and Olivencia Tennis (less than $50k).

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, the

USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nationwide group of more than 600 nonprofit youth development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 300,000 children each year. Celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, NJTL is one of the USTA’s largest community-based offerings.

“We are proud to honor the work being done by these exceptional NJTL chapters,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “These are outstanding examples of how NJTL continues to impact today’s youth through tennis, and with programs that emphasize character and education.”

The programs were recognized formally at an awards banquet during the USTA’s annual Tennis Development Workshop, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2013 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver.

A brief look at the three honorees for 2013:

A’s & Aces, New Orleans. Since 2008, A’s & Aces has been implementing its mission “to provide academic assistance, life skills and tennis for New Orleans public school children.” The name “A’s & Aces” was chosen to represent their student-athlete model and the emphasis on good grades and good tennis. Its programs are designed to address several crises that particularly affect New Orleans: illiteracy, violence/values and obesity.  A’s & Aces now impacts more than 750 children in its in-school, after-school and weekend programs each week throughout the academic year, and in three summer camps. With 10 full/part-time staff and more than 100 regular volunteers throughout the school year, A’s & Aces is able to address children’s individual needs while implementing literacy, life skills and tennis curricula. In July 2011, A’s & Aces was chosen as one of three organizations for a national documentary “striving to educate people about social responsibility.” Though the selection criteria was real, the “documentary” turned out to be a ruse to enable the surprise climax of a New Orleans episode of ABC’s national television show, “Secret Millionaire.”

Prince George’s Tennis & Education Foundation, Prince George County, Md. Brenda Gilmore’s vision to give back to the community launched the Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation (PGTEF), a registered CTA/NJTL, in 1993. The foundation, whose mission is to provide tennis and life skills to the children of Prince George County, Md., has thrived since its introduction more than 20 years ago, thanks to the variety of tennis and educational programs offered for every skill and ability level.  Gilmore, a paraplegic, uses her condition as a method of motivation for many. She has offered tremendous life lessons and tennis education to thousands of people, showing that tennis has helped her grow and overcome many obstacles. Her main goal is to help tennis become an integral part of each student’s life.  Through hard work and fundraising, Gilmore and her dedicated team have introduced tennis to more than 30,000 children through its Junior Outreach Program across Prince George County and offer most students special assistance dependent upon their needs and ability.

Olivencia Tennis, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. In 2008, Olivencia Tennis became an NJTL Chapter and started to fulfill one of its goals: an opportunity to impact students through tennis and education. As an NJTL Chapter, the program was selected by the District Office, the Puerto Rico Tennis Association (PRTA), to participate in Edu-Tennis, an island-wide program where tennis classes integrate educational elements such as tutorials, lectures and a spelling bee. Edu-Tennis is sponsored by the Legislative Donation Commission of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. Olivencia Tennis now impacts more than 70 children in its in-school, after-school and weekend programs each week throughout the academic year. With two full time staff and more than 10 regular volunteers throughout the school year, Olivencia Tennis is able to address children’s individual needs. Throughout the years the program grew to include children from the community. With an established program, and no public courts in the town of San Sebastián, Prof. Luis M. Olivencia went to the town’s mayor and advocated to build tennis courts.  After a long wait, in 2013 the town inaugurated three brand new tennis courts where Olivencia Tennis offers tennis classes every afternoon.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game.  A not-for-profit organization with 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.  It owns and operates the US Open, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open.  In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games.  USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the USTA, provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs.  For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

For more information, contact:

Tom LaDue, Manager, Corporate Communications, USTA

(914) 697-2352; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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