Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Mary Carillo was the keynote speaker at the Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation’s (EATF) Annual Luncheon in Mamaroneck on September 13, where over $11,000 in grants were given out to programs in New York and New Jersey that benefit a wide range of tennis players – from underserved seniors to developmentally disabled adults.
The grants, which totaled $11,930, went to 16 deserving member organizations of the United States Tennis Association’s Eastern Section. This was an historic year for the EATF: they increased their funding over 31 percent from last year and increased the number of programs receiving grants by more than 45 percent.
“Tennis can benefit people of all ages and abilities,” EATF Chair Sharon Weiner said. “These grants are designed to help open doors for people who would not otherwise have a chance to enjoy this lifelong sport.”
Weiner said the group was fortunate to have Carillo as the keynote speaker. Carillo, who was a professional tennis player from 1977 to 1980, was named president this year of USTA Serves – Foundation for Academics. Character. Excellence., the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA.
At the luncheon, the EATF also honored Felice Gritz, a licensed physical therapist and president of the Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League. Gritz has spent her life helping others, and has supported tennis programs for the developmentally disabled and the hearing impaired.
The EATF was created in 2004 by Lloyd Emanuel, Deborah Slaner Larkin, Sharman McCoach, and Sonia Sader for whom tennis is an integral part of their lives. They are dedicated to growing the game so that others may enjoy the enormous benefits of tennis.
2010 Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation Grants
Troy Tennis Association (Troy, NY): A $500 grant to expand senior tennis programs in underserved Prospect Park.
Jerry Alleyne Memorial Foundation (Greenburgh, NY): A $1,000 grant to expand tennis program in underserved communities.
Croton-Harmon Community Tennis Association (Croton-on-Hudson, NY): A $500 grant to support tennis programs for underserved adults.
Gilda’s Club of Westchester (White Plains, NY): A $1,500 grant to provide instruction to cancer survivors through its Wellness through Tennis program.
HERO, Inc (Purchase, NY): A $1,310 grant to help provide tennis to adults with multiple sclerosis.
Southeast Topspins (Brewster, NY): A $610 grant to expand its wheelchair tennis program.
Highland Park Sports and Education Foundation (Brooklyn, NY): A $500 grant to support adult and senior programs in underserved Latino community.
Upstate Cerebral Palsy (Utica, NY): A $1,000 grant to teach tennis to adults with developmental disabilities.
Town of Hamburg Recreation Department (Hamburg, NY): An $800 grant to support its adaptive tennis program.
South Orangetown Rotary Club (Orangeburg, NY): A $500 grant to support introductory tennis for underserved adults.
Jawonio, Inc (New Hempstead, NY): A $750 grant to support tennis programs for wheelchair and developmentally disabled adults.
Penn Yan Racquet Club (Penn Yan, NY): A $100 grant to provide introductory tennis instruction for adults.
National Championship Tennis Inc. (Jamaica, NY): A $500 grant to support tennis programs for adults with special and emotional needs.
Ossining Community Tennis Association: (Ossining, NY): A $1,000 grant to support adult tennis programs for diverse adult populations.
Northern New Jersey
Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ): A $1,000 grant to support Tennis for Life program for breast cancer survivors.
Raritan Valley YMCA (East Brunswick, NJ): A $360 grant to support instructional tennis program for special needs adults and seniors.