Pti To Grant Scholarships To Junior Tennis Players

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Public Tennis Inc. recently announced the creation of a program to award grants to junior tennis players. The grants will hlep competitive juniors who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings by assisting with their travel, training and/or the equipment expenses associated with junior tournament events.

Playing in tournaments is an essential part of getting recognized by coaches for college recruitment, and it is PTI’s desire to aid those players who might not be able to afford those often-staggering costs. The grant program began when Adult Team Tennis League players observed intense juniors practicing nightly at Chaplin Community Park’s public tennis courts and discussed how awesome it would be if the local community could help “our own” in fulfilling their dreams. Judy Mattoon, the Adult Team Tennis League coordinator, approached PTI with the grant program proposal and a joint venture was formed. The grant application is open to those ages 12 to 18 living on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton. Annual family income must not exceed $125,000. An application and requirements can be obtained by emailing publictennisbluffton@gmail.com. Application deadline is Oct. 1.