Serving Up Sports and Recreation Grants for World Tennis Day
While most people estimate that the game of tennis has been around since the 12th century, the game became very popular in Europe during the 16th century. Many kings and noblemen enjoyed the game, and King Henry VIII even built a tennis court at Hampton Court Palace. Around 300 years later, the first American National tournament was played in 1880, starting what would end up being a long, exciting history with the sport.
Today, the game of tennis is still a major sport around the world. According to a 2020 report by the Tennis Industry Association, a total of 17.84 million people play tennis in the United States.
Every first Monday in March, schools, local courts, and tennis programs all over the world celebrate World Tennis Day. The relatively new holiday focuses on encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the sport and enjoy the benefits it gives. To highlight the day, GrantWatch will be sharing five sports and recreation grants below that focus on tennis specifically.
The Benefits of Tennis
Tennis has many advantages as a sport when it comes to one’s physical health, but the sport can also be very helpful to one’s social and mental well-being.
According to Better Health Channel’s website, some of these benefits include:
- increasing aerobic capacities
- lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure
- improving metabolic function
- increasing bone density
- lowering body fat
- improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility
- being able to meet people and spend time with friends
- suitable for all ages and skill levels
Celebrate World Tennis Day with These Five Grants!
- There are grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations for tennis-related programs and activities. Funding is for projects that benefit youth, adults, and seniors at all levels of tennis ability.
- Grants to Mississippi local government agencies, sports facilities, and school districts to build new tennis courts, renovate or improve existing tennis courts, and/or add amenities, such as lights, bathrooms, and clubhouses.
- In addition, there are grants of up to $1,000 to Colorado organizations to serve local children and youth. Funding is to promote the social, emotional, and physical development of youth ages 18 and under through the sport of tennis. Grant funds may be used for court and facility fees, equipment, on-court coaches and assistants, and other program costs.
- There are also grants of up to $500 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont individuals and groups to promote tennis among older adults. Programs may be for women ages 40 and older and men 45 and older.
- Finally, there are grants to Massachusetts nonprofits, schools, parks, municipalities, and individuals in eligible areas for tennis-based programs. Funding is specifically to support new and established programs and to assist organizations that offer tennis opportunities around the year.
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