Categorized | JAX Briefs

MWKF receives $15K ‘USTA Serves’ grant

USTA Serves, the national philanthropic and charitable entity of the UnitedStates Tennis Association (USTA), announced it has awarded the MaliVai Washington Kids (MWKF) Foundation in Jacksonville a $15,000 grant to provide disadvantaged, at-risk children the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format, and to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

The USTA Serves grants, chosen by a USTA Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of Foundation board members and USTA national staff, with important input from USTA sections, are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.

“This grant from USTA Serves will further the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation’s mission to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout Jacksonville communities,” said MWKF Executive Director Terri Florio. “This grant will help fund programs that see children that would otherwise fall through the cracks instead engage in after-school programs, become involved in their community, apply themselves in school and end up going to college. In the 15 years we’ve been doing this, we’ve had youth from difficult neighborhoods who see no opportunities outside the one-mile radius where they live go on to become college graduates who make a difference in the world.”

During its 2011 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves granted 39 community tennis organizations and other foundations more than $400,000 in grants. To date, USTA Serves has disbursed more than $10 million to a variety of programs that work to support community and youth tennis.

For more information on USTA Serves, visit For additional information on the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, visit

Leave a Reply