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Batavia Youth Bureau Receives Recreational Tennis Grant

July 21, 2009 07:23 PM

The City of Batavia Youth Bureau has been awarded a Program/Project Support Grant through the USTA’s new Recreational Tennis Grant program.

The $7,500 grant is one of 46 awarded by the USTA during the first cycle of the 2009 Recreational Tennis Grant program.

Recreational Tennis Grants are designed to support community based organizations who are seeking funding to support their general tennis programming, project, and equipment needs. The organizations that were selected had to meet all of the following criteria: supporting tennis programming in the community, increasing tennis participation, and fostering diversity through their efforts to grow the game.

The Batavia Youth Bureau has big plans for using the USTA grant. Michael Porter of Batavia has been hired to serve as the Tennis Coordinator for the summer. Porter’s responsibilities will include conducting and coordinating all tennis events and programs put on by the Youth Bureau, including a QuickStart Tennis (QST) League, a local USTA Junior Team Tennis League, and a Recreational QST Workshop. He will also spearhead a small committee to distribute scholarships to local youth to receive tennis lessons, as well as play an active role in coordinating the YMCA, Genesee ARC’s, and Batavia Youth Bureau’s annual Challenger Tennis program to be held in the fall for individuals with disabilities.

Staff members at the Batavia Youth Bureau are excited to offer additional tennis events and programs that will provide area young people with more positive youth development and opportunities to play tennis throughout the year.

Michelle Skelley at BYBBatavia YB