GREENSBORO, NC (July 16, 2013) – USTA North Carolina is pleased to announce the recipients for its Raise the Net program, which provided nearly $70,000 in grants to help rebuild diminished tennis facilities in the area. County of Currituck Parks and Recreation, Huntersville Parks and Recreation, Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, New Hanover County Parks and Recreation, City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation, Fuquay-Varina Parks and Recreation and the City of Durham Parks and Recreation Departments all received the funding to assist in the development of their tennis facilities.
The Raise the Net grant was created in order to provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments. The essence of this initiative is to assist communities and leverage their tennis facilities to promote lifelong healthy activity and improve their programming by advancing the latest tennis innovations for all program types.
USTA North Carolina awarded close to $70,000 towards these projects, while an additional $70,000 came from a unique and exciting partnership between the USTA and USTA North Carolina’s Raise the Net project. The facilities, which participate in the USTA Facility Assistance program, each receive an award based on its needs and objectives. Raise the Net then comes in after that amount has been awarded and helps “fill the gap” along with local funding from each agency, and in most cases, added money from the local Community Tennis Associations.
Each recipient submitted an application to detail how it planned use the funds and the Raise the Net committee distributed the grants based on the requests. While plans for each facility vary, they all serve one common purpose: improve the safety and functionality of tennis in the community.
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USTA North Carolina, a not-for-profit organization, is the state affiliate of the United States Tennis Association in North Carolina. Headquartered in Greensboro, NC and founded in 1973, the singular mission of the organization is to promote and develop the growth of tennis in North Carolina. For more information on USTA North Carolina, please visit www.nctennis.com and follow us on Twitter at @USTA_NC.
USTA North Carolina Delivers Nearly $70,000 in Grants