The national charitable foundation of the U.S. Tennis Association, USTA Serves, has awarded a $10,000 grant to support 400 young people who are part of Youth Tennis Advantage (YTA) at Mosswood Park in Oakland, the BearTrax program at UC Berkeley, and John McLaren Park in San Francisco.
The grant will be used for Empowering Youth Through Play, which is an ongoing year-round program with the goal of 100 percent high school graduation rate for the group’s scholar athletes.
More than 175 youth participated at the recent Kids Day tennis celebration at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and academic and life skills staff and volunteers have been added.
“One of the major accomplishments that we sometimes overlook is that Youth Tennis Advantage … (provides) a safe and supervised setting with caring and devoted staff,” said Mike Skinner, board president of the program.
“We successfully prevent drop outs; teach social and living skills, nurture teamwork and healthy relationships, help youth to avoid illegal, destructive and self-destructive behaviors,” he said.
Youth Tennis Advantage for over 25 years has provided tennis and educational programs to young people in the Bay Area through comprehensive programs and expert coaching.
During its 2012 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 44 community tennis and education organizations more than $400,000 in grants.