Most people will see tennis played on their television with fast-paced, professional players seeking the top prize in the competition. However, there is a lot more going on in the tennis world than many realize.
There are several amazing tennis charities that offer help and support to people who may not have the same opportunities as others. They aim to not only support disabled people who want to learn the sport but also encourage people to be more active and develop their social skills and have fun.
Here are some of the many charities that provide such help:
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The aim of the USTA Foundation is to change lives through tennis and education. They want to help young people stay healthy and to avoid bad behavior that can come from not being part of a caring environment.
The charity supports tennis programs across the United States through the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL). This network can reach over 160,000 young people and provide free or low-cost tennis and education programs.
The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust was formed in 1997 and is named after the commentator who was often called ‘The Voice of Wimbledon.’ The charity raises funds for people with disabilities that want to play tennis.
One of the ways that they support disabled people is by providing specialized equipment such as wheelchairs, equipment, and also grants ranging from £500 for an individual, up to £1,500 for an organization.
Tennis First is a Charitable Organisation that helps young people fulfill their dream of becoming a professional tennis player. With a total cost as much as £250,000 to get a player from beginner to tour-level, many young people can’t achieve this without some help.
The charity independently assesses the young players to see if they have the potential to reach a senior world ranking of 250 or better. They take into consideration many factors including financial status, injuries, and then distribute the funding where it is needed the most.
Some of their many ambassadors include Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.
Give It Your Max or GIYM, is a tennis charity that strives to introduce primary aged children to tennis. Many of the children they work with come from deprived and inner-city areas, or those that may not have the opportunity to play tennis without funding.
The charity works with children aged between 5 and 8 years old to help them develop their social, physical, and cognitive skills.
They believe that children need an active lifestyle and that this can be achieved through activities such as tennis. Since the scheme was launched in 2005, it has helped over 100,000 children in schools all over the United Kingdom.
The National Tennis Foundation works with student-athletes to instill the importance of diversity and how to coexist happily. They achieve this by organizing summer camps and other funding to encourage the celebration of other people and their diversity.
They are able to fundraise by way of events that are organized throughout the year including the Necker Cup, Premier Live, and the Atlanta Challenge.
Bright Ideas For Tennis is a charity that tries to support tennis clubs in the United Kingdom so that they can help those children and young people that are not able to participate for whatever reason.
They work with tennis clubs to help them generate funds as well as helping with grant applications. This then allows the clubs to offer more spaces for young people to play tennis as well as maintain their facilities.
The charity also offers tennis activity sessions for people with learning disabilities, mental ill-health, and other physical disabilities.
Established in 2004, the charity Tennis For Free has been working to remove any barriers there may be to playing tennis, regardless of a person’s ability or background.
Part of their work involves trying to open more ‘walk on and play’ tennis courts in public parks. These have been in decline since 2004, (30,000 to just under 10,000) and they are working to salvage as many as possible while creating new ones.
The charity also works with local schools and tennis clubs to help provide free coaching sessions.
The Tennis Foundation is one of the United Kingdoms leading tennis charities. Their aim is to open up tennis to all of those people that want to play the sport regardless of their background.
They work with schools and colleges to make tennis more accessible to young people and to encourage more to play the sport. This includes people from any background or disability.
They have recently joined forces with the Lawn Tennis Association to create more opportunities for young people.
These are some of the tennis charities that are working to get more young people involved in the sport.
Tennis has many advantages for young people. It not only helps to keep them fit and healthy but it also encourages them to be part of a group and socialize in a constructive way. These charities all believe that there should be no barrier to any young person who wants to play tennis.