GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. Tennis Association is partnering with Orlando, Los Angeles, and Grand Rapids to give more kids a chance to play tennis, launching tennis programs in schools that otherwise wouldn’t have them.
The partnership with the USTA will send a grant of about $100,000 to the city to improve and renovate tennis courts at Grand Rapids Public Schools.
“While the city has really invested a lot as a result of the millage in our tennis courts, we also have to have some work done on our Grand Rapids Public Schools tennis courts,” Lynn Heemstra, executive director of Our Community’s Children, said. “We’re really excited about that opportunity.”
It’s still being worked out which schools will be helped, but the upcoming after-school programs will be for all age groups, K-12.
“As we get more and more young people interested in this sport, we’re able to expand upon that and expand upon the resources that the USTA brings,” she said.
Grand Rapids got noticed with some help from the National League of Cities, an advocacy group representing communities throughout the country.
The partnership starts Friday at the Boys and Girls Club Steil Center at 9 a.m., where the USTA will be training after-school instructors and teachers.