Jack Kramer and Henry Talbert had legendary careers in the section, and at the national level, as well. During their lives, both did exemplary work to make the game available to everyone. This was particularly true for junior participants.
In recognition of their unwavering commitment to the sport, the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (SCTAF), formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation, which is the Southern California Tennis Association’s 501(C) (3) charitable and philanthropic unit, offers the Kramer Future Champions Grant (Kramer Grant) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (Talbert Grant). These community based grassroots tennis and education efforts aid deserving junior players financially.
The Kramer Grant is intended to support juniors, between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to play intercollegiate and/or professional tennis, and demonstrate financial need, allowing them to compete in sectional or national tournaments. The typical grant ranges between $800 and $1,200.
The Talbert Grant aims to assist juniors, between the ages of 8 and16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis skills, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to juniors who are currently enrolled in LA84 Foundation/NJTL, After-School or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year and wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.
Juniors receiving SCTAF funding must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. The SCTAF Grant Review Committee, (a part of the SCTAF Board of Directors), will evaluate applications for Grants.
- All applicants must complete the Grant Application Form.
- All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1st or October 1st. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15th. (Incomplete applications or those that do not meet the deadlines will not be considered.)
- Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, which is at the sole discretion of the Committee.
- Grants may not be used to pay for a USTA membership.
- Because the Grants are need-based, applications will require a statement of household income.
- Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
- All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
- Factors considered when evaluating applications will include, (but are not limited to), age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.
For more details, contact SCTA Executive Director, Bruce Hunt at (310) 208-3838 Ext. 240 or by e-mailing him at email@example.com