USTA initiates grant program for HCBUs in honor of former NYC Mayor David Dinkins

Sep 1, 2021

To help address the lack of funding at the 38 historically Black colleges and universities that have tennis programs, the United States Tennis Association has initiated a grant program to contribute funding to those college programs, with the ultimate goal of enhancing opportunities for players of color, especially women, to become coaches and grow the game.

The grant is named after David Dinkins, the former mayor of New York who was a board member of the U.S.T.A. and longtime tennis player, fan and active supporter. Had it not been for Dinkins’ advocacy and intervention, the U.S. Open might not even be in New York anymore, and might not have its showpiece venue, Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest in tennis.

Source: David Waldstein for New York Times