Trident Academy was one of two local organizations selected by the United States Tennis Association to receive a grant through their charitable foundation, USTA Serves. Our school was awarded $1,500 for 50 new junior tennis rackets for our Athletes-in-Training program. The other local organization receiving a grant was the Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association on Daniel Island. Nationwide, a total of $429,000 was distributed to 46 schools and community organizations with tennis programs.
According to USTA Serves, “The grant recipients are chosen by a Grant Proposal Review Committee comprised of USTA Serves board members and USTA Serves national staff, with important input from USTA sections. Grants are awarded primarily to NJTL [National Junior Tennis & Learning] chapters that successfully combine tennis and education to help children pursue their goals and dreams by leading healthier lives and succeeding in school. To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $13 million.”
Our Athletes-in-Training (A.I.T.) program, coordinated by Jenny Pringle, focuses on individual talents in specific sports, examines other prospective schools’ sports programs, and builds liaisons with other school coaches. All efforts of A.I.T. are to help our students procure a promising future as an athlete, providing them with the skills they will need at the next stage of their academic careers whether it be at Trident Academy or another school. Areas of concentration are in individual skill work, cooperative group skills, and overall fitness.