Player of the Week: Leonora King
This week’s story is about a young girl from Detroit, Leonora King. Having brothers meant she grew up playing touch football. Her first experience with anything tennis related was simply a handheld paddle with the elastic band and rubber ball which she enjoyed immensely. It wasn’t until age 15 that Leonora picked up traditional tennis at Mumford High School...
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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.
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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