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November 19, 2008 03:32 PM

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 2007:
*  Raise a Racquet gave $5,000 to our Southern Section friends in the Gulf Coast area devestated by the 2005 hurricane season.
*  Granted over $6,000 in scholarships to Kentucky high school seniors
*  Distributed thousands to Kentucky junior players for tennis camp scholarships

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 juniors, please complete the application form. The guidelines for receiving Raise a Racquet funding are:

  • Priority will be given to developmental opportunities (e.g. camps, lessons).
  • Applicants must exhibit good sportsmanship on the court at all times.
  • The maximum grant is $1000 per junior per calendar year.
  • Scholarships will be paid directly to the provider or school.
  • In the case of funds going directly to players, receipts for how the aide as used must be submitted to the USTA office.

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.

MissionStatement                                           &​nbsp;                        &​nbsp;                        &​nbsp;                        &​nbsp;                        &​nbsp;                     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:

  1. To promote tennis state-wide as the sport offering lifetime benefits that include recreation, health, character development, sportsmanship, leadership, and friendship. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 2007, please check back for 2008 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 scholarship formand return to the USTA Kentucky office.

Sam English Scholarship
More information to come!

Arthur Ashe 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 explain why Arthur Ashe is a legend in 300 words or less. Winners are selected from every state and 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 2008 Arthur Ashe essay contest, click here.

Tennis Camp Scholarships
Funding is available for junior players to attend tennis camps during the summer through local CTAs, colleges, or private facilities. Information for Summer 2008 scholarships will be posted soon.

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!

2007 Raise a Racquet Foundation Donors
Donations made in 2007 will be published in the 2008 USTA Kentucky Annual Publication.

Grand Slam ($1,000 )

Champion ($500 - $999)

Winner ($250 - $499)

Main Draw ($100 - $249)

  • Sandra Gutermuth
  • Merle & Hallye Bone

Qualifier ($25 - $99)

2007 USTA Kentucky Yearbook Donors

Trustee ($100 )

  • Kevin and Sandy Collins
  • John L. English
  • Jane and Oscar Gamble
  • Kelly Hall
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ken Hodge
  • Dell Kistler Kelly
  • Dave and Blanche Wibbels
  • Orme Wilson
  • In Memory of Bob Showalter

Patron ($50-$99)

  • Colonial Designs
  • Susan and Steve Habeeb
  • Kathy Russ
  • Judge Allen Schmitt
  • Dr. Richard Swigart

Associate ($25-$49)

  • Billy and Mary Ellen Craddock
  • David Hartsek
  • Samantha Maddox
  • Mark and Robyn Newstadt
  • Margaret Weldon
  • Wildcat Community Tennis Association, Lexington
  • Mathes Family
  • Joanie Doll
  • West Louisville Tennis Club