Apply for MYTEF Board of Director Positions

The Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (MYTEF) Nominating Committee is seeking self-nominations for individuals with an interest and passion to fulfill the MYTEF mission to apply for a MYTEF Board of Directors position for the next term starting January 2016. We are seeking applicants who exhibit these various skills: fundraising, management, strategic planning, marketing, finance, community outreach, and human resources. The following MYTEF Board of Director positions will be open to residents of the USTA/Midwest Section: Executive Committee: President Vice President Secretary Treasurer One Director Directors (10) Self-nominations for a board position are available by submitting a

Current and Former Grant Recipients Compete at US Open

Several current and former MYTEF grant recipients recently competed in the 2015 US Open Men’s and Women’s divisions as well as Junior divisions. We are proud to acknowledge their achievements on the court including current MYTEF Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement recipient Francesca Di Lorenzo from New Albany, Ohio. Di Lorenzo reached the US Open Junior semifinals in singles and doubles. Congratulations to MYTEF Dorothy Kohl Future Star Achievement grant recipient Francesca Di Lorenzo from New Albany, Ohio, for advancing to the 2015 US Open Junior semifinal rounds in both singles and doubles divisions. Di Lorenzo lost a close singles semifinal match against Dalma Galfi from Hungary 5-7,

Cross Court Tennis CTA

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $721 The CrossCourt Youth Tennis program was started in 2009 with the goal of promoting fitness and healthy lifestyle choices through tennis. Using courts at Martin Luther King Park and Mackay Jaycee Park, the program has reached over 300 youth in the community. The program continues to grow, and although it uses tennis to educate youth and their families on the importance of exercise, it also focuses on helping participants build confidence while teaching the principles of good sportsmanship. CrossCourt Youth Tennis hopes to reach 400-500 youth in the inner city and surrounding areas of Grand Rapids. Additional funds will be used to help secure new equip

Bay Community Tennis Association

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $625 The Bay Community Tennis Association was formed to meet an unfulfilled need for tennis courts in Bay City, Michigan. The association is leading the effort to construct the BCTA Fitness Facility, an eight-court public site that will include designated courts for players age 10 and under and wheelchair tennis players. The new facility will replace a patchwork of substandard sites with a centralized facility that will serve hundreds of area youth through scholastic organizations and tennis programming. The CTA sponsored the Alex Burke Memorial Tennis tournament earlier this summer which raised enough money for two scholarships to high school tennis playe

Evansville Area Tennis Patrons Foundation

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $1,575 The middle school tennis program in Evansville, which consists of practice and match play for eight weeks, gets its funding and administrative support from the Evansville Area Tennis Patrons Foundation. Each season, the Evansville Area Patrons organize match schedules, recruit volunteer coaches for each school, and provide balls and t-shirts to the players. Both the boy’s (fall) and girl’s (spring) programs have evolved over the past 18 years and during the 2014-15 school year, 400 middle school students participated. Funds generated through the MY Gift initiative will help the Evansville Area Patrons Foundation cover the cost of balls and other equ

Friends of CICS Tennis

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $8,616 The Friends of CICS Tennis (Chicago International Charter School) and its South Side Junior Tennis Camp was founded in 2007 with the mission to provide high quality tennis instruction to under-served Chicago communities while being a catalyst for developing healthier lifestyles. The program also aims to create a pipeline of tennis players, serving as a gateway to selective high school programs, college scholarships and career choices. The camp offers both summer and fall tennis instruction to beginner and novice players, serving approximately 200 kids. Although the program has a partnership with the University of Chicago Lab, which allows use of its

Inner City Tennis Clinics

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $6,490 Inner City Tennis Clinics’ (ICTC) mission is to “provide Cleveland’s youth with tennis, health, fitness, literacy and creative expression programs to promote hope, healthy living and productive futures.” ICTC focuses on at-risk youth, giving them the opportunity to develop their talents on the tennis court and in the classroom. Tennis is the catalyst that keeps kids returning, and since its inception in 2010, ICTC has served over 1,000 kids with its free program. During the summer months ICTC offers a camp to boys and girls ages 6-18 for eight weeks in June and July. ICTC students also receive health and wellness education and participate in variou

Janesville Tennis Association

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $3,185 The Janesville Tennis Association provides youth tennis programming, along with social events, tournaments, and adult league play. The organization is responsible for maintaining Palmer Park tennis courts. The CTA and a local club have partnered to offer the Midwest Youth Team Tennis winter program. The CTA and club will continue to work together and offer a fall 2015 program, winter 2016 program, and summer 2016 program. The CTA held a physical education training in fall 2014 for Janesville elementary school teachers, and tennis was offered in the physical education classes this past spring. Approximately 15 former participants have moved through t

Lincoln Way Area Tennis Association

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $270 The Lincoln Way Area Community Tennis Association (LWACTA) has been providing Midwest Youth Team Tennis, Junior Team Tennis and Futures tennis programming to local park districts for three years. The organization serves nearly 200 players yearly and as numbers continue to grow, LWACTA is exploring new ways to offer affordable local tennis programming. The organization also works with the Lincoln Way Special Recreation Association to bring tennis to developmentally challenged players in the community. With the goal of keeping programs self-sustaining, funds will be used to purchase additional equipment and t-shirts for those participating in entry leve

Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $650 The Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports Program is a volunteer-run organization that assists children and adults with disabilities in participating in sports and recreation activities. The organization supports athletes who may need adaptive equipment, lessons, and/or continued training. Tennis for All is a summer program for adaptive and wheelchair participants of all ages. New funding will be used to sustain current programming, help reduce program fees for participants, and help provide new adaptive equipment. #MyGift2015

People for Palmer Park

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $1,645 The Palmer Park Tennis Academy (PPTA) is offered through the People for Palmer Park, a non-profit organization committed to the “preservation, recreation, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all.” The goal is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle in the community. The tennis academy began as a program for kids age 10 and under in 2011 with 35 children participating. The program now has approximately 100 participants each summer, with nearly 30 children continuing through the winter at a nearby tennis club. Realizing the need for tennis programming for older children, PPTA added programs for teens and for those kids continuing t

Dearborn Community Tennis Association

AMOUNT RAISED AS OF NOVEMBER 30 - $250 The Dearborn Community Tennis Association was formed in 2008 with the goal of providing tennis programming to people of all ages. The organization’s summer program is by far the most popular, serving over 300 people through a variety of different programs beginning in June and continuing through August. Young players benefit from learning the game with modified equipment and scoring tailored to their age and ability, and more experienced junior players have a variety of options including competitions and advanced training. The organization also provides programming to latchkey kids in the community. All classes and sessions take place at Dearborn Hi

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