Raise a Racquet Foundation For Kentucky Tennis
The Raise a Racquet Foundation is USTA Kentucky's Endowment Fund and is it's own separate 501(c)3 entity, overseen by USTA Kentucky's Board of Directors. Through the funds raised, Raise a Racquet is able to carry out charitable good works to the Kentucky tennis community.
Here are some of the ways in which Raise a Racquet was able to reach out to the community in 2009:
* Awarded $4,000 in educational scholarships to Kentucky high school seniors through the Jason Isaacs Memorial Fund
* Awarded over $7,600 in grants to Kentucky junior players
Want to make a difference in the Kentucky Tennis Community? Make a tax-deductible contribution today! Download a pledge card now!
The Raise a Racquet Foundation will annually disburse a minimum of 4% of the fund's unrestricted assets. To request need-based assistance to deserving Kentucky junior USTA members, please complete the application. The guidelines for receiving Raise a Racquet funding are:
- Priority will be given to developmental opportunities (e.g. camps, lessons) and new applicants.
- Applicants must exhibit good sportsmanship on the court at all times.
- The maximum grant is normally $500 per junior per calendar year and $1000 per family per calendar year. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- Scholarships will be paid directly to the provider or school.
- In the case of funds going directly to players, original receipts for how the aide was used must be submitted to the USTA office for reimbursement.
For other funding requests:
Please submit a formal request, stating the purpose, how funding will be used, and support documents for amounts requested (budgets, bids, and/or photos). In instances of funds being paid to individuals, original receipts for how the funding was used must be submitted to the USTA Kentucky office.
The mission of the Kentucky Tennis Association Endowment Fund, doing business as the Raise a Racquet for Kentucky Tennis Foundation, is to raise and distribute funds to benefit tennis players throughout the state of Kentucky. The objectives of the Foundation are:
- To promote tennis state-wide as the sport offering lifetime benefits that include recreation, health, character development, sportsmanship, leadership, and friendship.
- To cooperate with all tennis-related organizations (including the USTA, USTA Southern Section, USTA Kentucky, community tennis associations, schools, and recreational associations) to promote tennis to players of all ages, and to help make tennis available to players with financial needs.
- To fund educational scholarships and athletic scholarships for tennis players, to provide information about other scholarship opportunities, and to provide stipends to enable players to participate in tournaments and/or training programs.
To fund special projects that benefit tennis players of all ages and abilities, and that promote the game of tennis.
Raise a Racquet Scholarships
Junior players who are interested in receiving information about college tennis programs and scholarships should contact USTA Kentucky.
The USTA Tennis Foundation Scholarship program offers both college education and individual player scholarships to junior players who hold State, Southern, or National rankings and meet certain other criteria. This is an annual program, with applications due in early February. The program has concluded for 2010, please check back for 2011 USTA Tennis Foundation Scholarship information.
USTA Kentucky and it's Endowment Fund, Raise a Racquet, also offer scholarships for college assistance. In addition, funding opportunities are also available to Kentucky junior players for tennis camps. Please read below for more information:
Jason Isaacs Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to college bound high school seniors who participate in the Jason Isaacs Memorial Doubles Tournament and plans to play tennis in college. This award may be granted to one or more persons and is presented at the Joe Creason Kentucky State Qualifier. To apply, download the 2012 Scholaship Form and return to the USTA Kentucky office by April 16, 2012.
Sam English Scholarship
More information to come!
Arthur Ashe Art & Essay Contest
Every year the USTA/NJTL sponsors an essay contest honoring the legacy and humanitarianism of tennis great, Arthur Ashe. Open to NJTL participants only, the essay requires youth to write or draw what the quote below Arthur Ashe means to them. Include examples from Ashe's life and your own.
"Some say that winning the 1968 US Open as the first African American male was Arthur Asheâ€™s greatest accomplishment, what do you think?"
Winners receive an all expenses paid trip to New York City to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids Day which is held in conjunction with the US Open. For more information on the 2010 Arthur Ashe essay contest, click here.
Write and You Could Win a Trip to New York City (open to all contestants age 18 and under participating in an NJTL chapter): Contestants will compete in one of the five age categories listed below. Write your answer to the question, â€śSome say that winning the 1968 US Open as the first African American male was Arthur Asheâ€™s greatest accomplishment, what do you think?â€ť in 300 words or less on one written 8.5â€ť x11â€ť page or less and you could be one of ten (10) national winners who win a trip for you and a parent/legal guardian to New York City. Be a VIP at Arthur Ashe Kidsâ€™ Day presented by Hess, attend a professional sporting event, see a Broadway show and receive a special award at a luncheon held in your honor. Essays must be in English and will not be returned.
Draw and You Could Win an Award (open to all contestants age 12 and under participating in an NJTL program): Contestants will compete in one of two age categories listed below. Draw a picture or create artwork of your answer to the question, â€śSome say that winning the 1968 US Open as the first African American male was Arthur Asheâ€™s greatest accomplishment, what do you think?â€ť and you could be one of eight (8) national winners to win a plaque in your honor. Be creative, but artwork must be flat and no larger than 11â€ť x 14â€ť. Artwork must be in English and will not be returned.
Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the 50 United Statesand/or D.C., 18 or younger,as of July 10, 2010,who are participants in a program sponsored by a local NJTL Program/Chapter as of January 25, 2010. Visit www.usta.com/njtl for more information.
Prizes: Ten (10) national essay winners will be awarded a trip for two to New York (Aug. 27-29) and will be guests at the 2010 Arthur Ashe Kidsâ€™ Day presented by Hess on Aug. 28 (ARV: $1,600.00 each). Eight (8) national art winners will each receive a plaque from USTA/NJTL (ARV: $25.00 each).
Deadline: Entries, including completed entry form, must be submitted online to the USTA at www.usta.com/aaec(essay entries only) or mailed or hand delivered to your local NJTL Program/Chapter between February 1, 2010 and 5:00 PM ET on June 25, 2010 (mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 25, 2010 and received by your local NJTL Program/Chapter no later than July 2, 2010). For a list of all NJTL Programs/Chapters and their addresses visit www.usta.com/njtl.
Tennis Camp Scholarships
Funding is available for junior players to attend tennis camps during the summer through local CTAs, colleges, or private facilities. Contact USTA Kentucky for more information on 2010 Summer scholarships.
Other scholarship and funding opportunities may become available, so be sure to check back to this page regularly!
A heartfelt THANK YOU to our Raise a Racquet contributors! It is because of your kindness and generosity that the Endowment Fund is able to do so many wonderful things for Kentucky tennis. You make a HUGE impact in the lives of so many through your charitable donations!
2009 Raise a Racquet Foundation Donors
Donations made in 2010 will be published in the 2011 USTA Kentucky Annual Publication.
Buck & Patsy Ashley
Mr. & Mrs. David Denton
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Ford
Dr. Stan Frager
Dr. Robert Garey
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Hambrick
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Higdon
Dr. & Mrs. Ken Hodge
Louisville Paving Company
Mrs. W.F Paxton
Jerry & Marcella Ralston
Nicholas X. Simon
Hal & Debe Sullivan
Mr. & Mrs. David Wibbels
Orme â€śSandyâ€ť Wilson
John & Pamela Yakel
In honor of Jane Gamble, Lynn Loyd
In memory of Bonnie Goodman, Terry & Debbi Bunnell
In memory of Chad Gamble, Claire Keys
In memory of Ann Gardner, Jane Gamble
In memory of Ann Gardner, Louisville Tennis Association
In memory of Livingston Taylor, John Nixon
2009 Donors to the Jason Isaacs Memorial Fund
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bush
Bill Collins Ford
Falls City Lumber
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Johnson
Edward and Mary Miller
Steve and Barbara Plenge
Zoeller Pump Company