USTA Mid-Atlantic expands delivering tennis to a new generation across three states
Reston, VA – A true grass roots venture that encapsulates the American spirit of sport, education, and entrepreneurism is making a big mark throughout the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Mid-Atlantic Section, which covers Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
The USTA Mid-Atlantic in partnership with TGA Premier Tennis has delivered on its promise to introduce tennis to thousands of Mid-Atlantic children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Using the TGA Premier Tennis model that begins in schools and community centers, the USTA Mid-Atlantic has guided instruction in a fun, yet educational environment, making a big mark in its first year. So much so that they are expanding their reach by adding two more territories in Prince William County, Virginia, and Howard County, Maryland this year.
“The growth we’ve seen with TGA has been very encouraging, both within individual programs as well as into new schools,” said Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro, CEO of USTA Mid-Atlantic. “We are seeing that through TGA, once a child picks up that racquet for the first time in a fun environment, all they want to do is keep playing and having fun with their friends and coaches. Many of our participants repeat in additional sessions at school, in our camps and in USTA programs, and that’s a testament to the value of the program and our partnership.”
As of today, the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section is running TGA programs in 78 unique schools, with an impressive 2,900 students participating. Moving forward the section has their sights on having 12,500 students participating in TGA programs by 2022. New school districts such as Howard County and Prince William County will see TGA programs soon, thus continuing the successful partnership between the USTA Mid- Atlantic and TGA.
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