A.H. Sports Hunter Heck and Lynn Bender Youth Wheelchair Tennis Grant

"Have the vision to do, and the heart to share"

On behalf of A.H. Sports, this $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a junior wheelchair tennis athlete 18 years or younger who lives in the USTA/Midwest Section.  It is designed to help with funding for athletes in the pursuit of excellence on the tennis court.  This scholarship is established to honor the efforts of Lynn Bender and Hunter Heck who have both been inspirations in the wheelchair tennis community.  Like Lynn and Hunter, the recipient should exemplify persistence, passion, integrity, and leadership skills on the tennis court.  Additionally, the recipient should also display these traits beyond the court and pursue activities that help inspire and teach growth for wheelchair athletes.    


Lynn is a USPTA and USPTR tennis professional who fell into wheelchair tennis coaching and teaching when she married her husband Curt who has been a wheelchair tennis athlete for years.  She serves on both the USTA/Midwest and previously the USTA National wheelchair committees. Lynn’s passion for wheelchair tennis is what drives her to continue growing the sport. 


Hunter is a wheelchair tennis athlete who “found his fire again” through the sport.   He possess an internal drive to pursue success without barriers.  Hunter spent over two years traveling throughout the Midwest and Southeast competing in tournaments and is committed to helping other wheelchair athletes follow their passion as well.   

The deadline is June 1st, 2021.



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Founded in 1992 as the charitable arm of the USTA/Midwest Section, the USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation (formerly Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation) has been supporting communities, programs and individuals to provide greater educational opportunities for youth.

To provide tennis opportunities to all from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

To support programs that focus on creating positive environments for at-risk youth.

To help youth reach their highest potential in tennis and education.

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“Our program received a $4,500 grant which we used to help pay the instructors. During the past four years our program has reached more than 1,000 children focusing on five components: tennis instruction/play, wellness, literacy, fitness, and poetry slam."

Inner City Tennis | Cleveland, Ohio

“Our organization received a $3,000 grant which enabled us to hire a program director and adequate staff to provide a high quality tennis program for our participants."

Love to Serve | Chicago, Illinois

“I love playing tennis and want to play more, but my family cannot afford for me to play as much as I would like without assistance.  I have received three Foundation grants which have helped pay for lessons and tournaments." 

Canaan Sellers | Rockville, Illinois