NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Grassroots Tennis received a $10,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association. The grant will provide tutoring support for youth who need additional help and provide nutritional meals to participants.
The Norwalk tennis group began in 1995 and operates on tennis courts at the two largest properties of the Norwalk Housing Authority.
"Norwalk Grassroots Tennis aims to change the lives of inner city youth through tennis and education by providing a no-cost, year round program," said Tracy McEvoy, executive director of NGT. "Through recent restructuring and expansion efforts, we are proud to be increasing our organization's services to provide our youth with a sound support system that focuses on education and nutrition."
NGT will also assist students with college visits, pay for ACT/SAT testing fees and provide funding for a portion of college tuition for program graduates and to provide a stipend for two Educational Advocates to serve as the liaison between NGT, schools and their families.
The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was developed to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.