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Video: Grant to Help New Albany Add Tennis Courts

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NEW ALBANY, Miss. — The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced, through its USTA Facility Assistance program, that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the New Albany Tennis Complex in New Albany, Miss. The USTA Facility Assistance program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

The grant will assist with the construction of 10 tennis courts. Youth and adult programming will be offered on the newly constructed courts with the assistance from of the New Albany Community Tennis Association. In addition, the courts will be utilized by USTA leagues and high school and middle school tennis teams.

“We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game.”

Since 2005, the USTA has awarded these grants to support tennis facility enhancements, renovations and new construction projects to provide more and enhanced tennis venues for increased playing opportunities. In total, the USTA through its facilities assistance program, has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past six years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

By investing in the rehabilitation and development of tennis facilities in the United States, the USTA believes these facilities not only will grow the sport, but provide venues for communities to gather and provide lifelong healthy activity through tennis.

In 2012, the USTA allocated over $1.5 million through the Facility Assistance program to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects.