U.S. Tennis Association Foundation awards Richmond program $10,000 grant

U.S. Tennis Association Foundation awards Richmond program $10,000 grant
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Youth tennis players in Richmond will benefit from a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation.

On Wednesday, the USTA’s charitable arm announced $741,500 in grants for 44 organizations across the nation teach tennis to under-resourced youth and people with disabilities.

The Richmond Tennis Association (RTA), recently formed through efforts by a handful of community members who pushed to refurbish local courts and offer more tennis opportunities in the city, received $10,000 from the pot.

RTA will use the money to expand the existing youth tennis program in Richmond and implement education, fitness and nutrition into tennis instruction and competition, USTA said in a statement.

Between 200 and 300 students ages 5-18 will receive instruction incorporating the principles and techniques promoted by the USTA Junior Development Pathway program and the USTA Northern California’s technical competencies for 10-under tennis. Conditioning and the mental approach to competition will be taught along with technique and strategy, USTA said.

The grant is offered biannually and strives to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.