For the fourth time in five years, the Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center in Dorchester was awarded a Multicultural Excellence Program Grant from the United States Tennis Association.
The $7,500 USTA grant will help fund the advancement of high-performing junior players, such as Latin Academy junior Di'Andrea Galloway.
Galloway, who has played No. 1 singles for the Dragons since seventh grade, is ranked No. 47 in New England among 18-year-old girls.
"We are among only 10 tennis centers nationwide which were selected for this prestigious grant," Sportsmen's executive director, Toni Wiley, said in a statement. "It is not only the financial assistance that we appreciate, but also the recognition by the USTA for the great work Sportsmen's is doing to develop youth who not only excel on the tennis court, but in school and life as well."
Sportsmen's is the only New England organization to be awarded the USTA grant.
The funding is based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program.
Wiley said the funding will be used for a series of clinics geared toward junior players as well as semi-private lessons for advanced players.
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