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NJTL Recipient of new Grant

February 2, 2008 09:25 PM




National Junior Tennis League in Trenton, N.J.,

One of Six Community based Organizations Nationwide

To Receive Inaugural USTA Grant

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 30, 2008 – The USTA today announced that the National

Junior Tennis League (NJTL) of Trenton, N.J. Tennis has been awarded an inaugural

Community Partnership Strategic Investments Grant (CPSI). The grant, in the amount of

$40,000, is one of six grants awarded by the USTA which total $200,000.

The grant’s are designed to support community based organizations who build tennis

communities through collaborative and lasting partnerships. The organizations that were

selected met the following criteria: increasing tennis participation, supporting tennis

programming and fostering diversity with both participation and programming.

"We are proud to support the NJTL of Trenton, as they reach out to a diverse audience and

provide them the opportunity to learn the game of tennis," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief

Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.

The National Junior Tennis League of Trenton, Inc. (NJTLT) was established in 1975 as a

non-profit organization to work with at-risk, underserved, urban youth in Trenton, NJ, with

the ultimate goal of using tennis as a means of keeping kids off the streets, out of the

courtrooms, in the schools, and on track for becoming productive, responsible citizens. The

mission of the NJTLT is to provide youth the opportunities through education, nutrition and

tennis. The NJTL of Trenton has grown from a small outreach organization serving several

dozen youngsters to a non-profit that offers year-round tennis programs, academic

enrichment, academic scholarships, and technology and nutrition programs to more than

1,200 children living in the greater Trenton area. The most important goal for NJTLT is to

provide free, year-round opportunities to as many underserved youth (ages 5-18) as

possible while maintaining the superior quality of the programs.

The National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) of Trenton (N.J.) is one of six inaugural

recipients of the Community Partnership Strategic Investments Grants, others include:

Dallas Tennis Association; Tennis Memphis; Northern Delaware Tennis Association; Greater

Baltimore Tennis Patrons Tennis Association; and Kahiua: A Tennis Foundation.

All grants ranged from $20,000 to $40,000 and will be renewable for up to three years based

on their progress. Following, this period these, organizations are expected to be selfsustaining

without additional USTA funding. All grants awarded must be matched at a

minimum of 1:1 (dollar to dollar) with non-USTA funds. Matching commitments can be

made in cash or in in-kind services such as staffing, court usage, court construction, bussing

and utilities.

No. 18-2008

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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.

It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the

Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit

events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A

not-for-profit organization with more than 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.

For more information on the USTA, log on to more information, contact:

Tom LaDue, Manager Communications, Community Tennis, USTA

(914) 697-2352;