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One of the PTR Foundation’s missions is to bring tennis instruction and equipment to inner cities and rural areas where the opportunity may not otherwise be available to them.

Professional Tennis Registry Foundation

Established in 1979, as the charitable arm of PTR. Each year, PTR members generously donate to the Foundation. These funds are used for various charitable and research activities which are within our 5 categories of giving . Some of these charitable activities have included Boys and Girls Clubs, Adaptive PE Programs, National Junior Tennis Leagues, junior scholarships, seed grants to start community tennis programs and other worthwhile projects. The Foundation supports the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships and the annual Special Olympics Tennis Championships. The Foundation also sponsors wheelchair tennis instruction workshops.

Additionally, the Foundation sponsors free lessons and equipment distribution programs, such as Racquet Roundup. If you would like more information on the PTR Foundation grants, click here for a grant application, which will include biannual deadlines for submitting applications, and grant qualification requirements. Also, the Categories of Giving & Receiving is available.

Through the Foundation, tennis programs have been developed in low-income housing projects, after school latch-key programs, at-risk youth programs and wheelchair tennis rehabilitation programs. As the sport of a lifetime, tennis can be beneficial in building a better future for these kids as well as a healthier lifestyle of wellness for all ages.

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Categories of Giving and Receiving

The following categories have been developed to assist you when applying for a grant through the PTR Foundation.  PTRF provides grants to deserving individuals and organizations both in the US and Internationally and encourages everyone to apply. 

  1. Special Population / Adaptive Tennis Grants

    These initiatives should touch the rehabilitative benefits of the game and people that are using tennis for such purposes – this would include but is not limited to Special Olympics, Wheelchair Tennis, Stroke Re
    habilitation, etc. 

  2. Grants/Scholarships for At-risk or Needy Youth

    PTRF encourages organizations that have a strong, demonstrable reputation for providing services to atrisk, needy or under-served youth to apply for grant or scholarship support. The Foundation strongly encourages applicants to consider identifying and partnering with other stakeholders and organizations.  Such partners might be local School Districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Recreation Departments.  

  3. Educational Grants

    The Coach Verdieck Educational Excellence Grant will be given annually to bring exceptional speakers to the PTR International Tennis Symposium and/or Section or District Conferences to help aid in the education of our constituents.

    To further advance the cause of the PTRF, foundation funds can be requested to underwrite the cost of publication and distribution of continuing education materials such as the Bruce Elliott manual, etc.  Such materials can not be used for purposes of generating profit 

  4. Nehemiah Atkinson Humanitarian Grant

    This grant emphasizes the high value that PTRF places on giving and service to others.  This grant is usually given to an individual who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to improving the lives of others.  This award will be given out at the annual Awards Banquet during the PTR International Symposium.   Additional humanitarian grants may be considered as well.  

  5. Grants to Enhance Global Goodwill

    Grants to enhance goodwill will include new facility development and or re-development, as well as refurbishment and improvements at existing facilities both in the United States and Internationally with a particular focus on underrepresented and/or devastated areas.   

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