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Diversity & Inclusion

A love of tennis unites us.

North Carolina Tennis is committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its relationships - players, volunteers, staff, and vendors. We embrace our diverse North Carolina community, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation or identity, socioeconomic status, religious and political beliefs, and physical abilities or attributes. By striving to invite and include all North Carolinians, we work to remove barriers and create opportunities so that the tennis population becomes a true reflection of all of North Carolina.

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Diversity - The collective mixture of similarities and differences around race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, and behaviors that makes each person unique.

Inclusion - Creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, and valued to fully participate and contribute to the organization's success.

Equity - The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all, people, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups within the procedures, processes, and systems.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

George Anderson
Deborah Foster Smith
Maranda Sears
Paulette Evans
Delia Escoto Graham
Clincy Trammell
Nakisha Boulware Watts

Sushil Ramchandani

Keshia Green

Raven Johnson

Belen Gomez-Jordana

USTA National Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Diversity & Inclusion is integral to the USTA mission of promoting and developing the growth of tennis and has been a formal area of focus, with a team in place to lead our efforts, since 2004. 

Learn more.


NC Tennis Foundation Grants

Junior Development Scholarships

Provides lower income and middle class families money to supplement travel and playing expenses. For more information or to apply click here

New Program Grant

For new programs serving under-resourced participants, and/or new programs serving physically or intellectually challenged participants in NC that need further funding to grow and mature. For more information or to apply click here

Summer Camp Scholarships

Available to juniors looking to attend a summer tennis camp. For more information or to apply click here

Learn more about NCTF Grants.

USTA North Carolina Grants

Program Grant

Start-up or expansion of wheelchair, special populations, or NJTL instructional and match play programs. For more information or to apply click here

Diversity & Inclusion Grant

Grants are to be used for special events or programs seeking to promote tennis to targeted audience. For more information or to apply click here.

USTA Southern Grants

Diversity Grant 

To promote/develop tennis for underserved populations.  For more information or to apply click here

National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Grant

Funding to start or expand a National Junior Tennis & Learning Program or chapter. For more information or to apply click here

Special Populations Tennis Grant

To promote/develop tennis opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information or to apply click here

USTA National Grants

Diversity & Inclusion Grants

Offers financial support to: 1. Athletes of ethnic or diverse backgrounds. 2. High performance tennis programs that serve to develop players of ethnic or racially diverse backgrounds OR that serve low-income junior tennis players and enable them to use their tennis ability to secure a college education. For more information or to apply click here.

Competitive Travel Stipends for National Competition 

Provide funding to a select group of competitive juniors from diverse ethnic backgrounds who aspire to improve their USTA national rankings and better position themselves for top tier Division I college scholarships.  For more information or to apply click here.

D&I Essay Competition 

Offers players an opportunity to receive funding for tennis equipment, training and/or travel expenses. For more information or to apply click here.

GLTA Sponsorship

The purpose of this grant is to promote tennis in the LGBT community through support of select GLTA tournaments. For more information or to apply click here.

Adaptive Tennis Grant

To assist in the initiation or implementation of adaptive tennis programs at the community level. For more information or to apply click here.

Facility Assistance Grants

For more information or to apply to all Facility Grants listed below please click here

Technical Assistance

With industry leading experience in tennis court/facility construction, our technical team offers everything from concept plans to professional construction document review.

Business Development

The USTA can assist in negotiations with government agencies and private developers. The USTA can also provide guidance in regards to initial programming, operational planning, and staffing.

Facility Assistance

There are three categories: 1. Facility Improvements (windscreens, backboards, etc) 2. Court resurfacing 3. Court construction or reconstruction of existing courts.

Line Grants

For painting permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines on existing courts, paved areas, blacktops, playgrounds or gymnasiums. Click here to learn more about our 36' & 60' Court Resources.

Media/Technology Grant

To install live streaming and/or player analysis technology at varsity tennis facilities.

NC Tennis Awards


This award is presented each year to the individual or organization who demonstrates sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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