From Grand Slam to grassroots: The AO is investing in community tennis.
During the past 12 months, Tennis Australia has invested in community tennis programs which focus on improving diversity and inclusion across Australia.
Grand Slam champion Sam Stosur last week visited one of the AO Community Grants recipients, Vicky Lee, to congratulate her on her achievement.
“Vicky’s program caters for emergency services workers so they can access tennis programs at any time of the day and fit tennis in with their unique schedule,” Sam Stosur said.
“In particular, Vicky’s program focusses on the wellbeing of these workers who can experience traumatic events on a daily basis. Her tennis program provides both a physical and mental escape as well as helping them to keep fit.
“AO Community Grants are a great initiative from Tennis Australia and I’m so glad that I could be a part of this”.
Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley believes a focus on community is essential to ensure tennis remains accessible for everyone.
“AO Community Grants are a great way to directly support programs that are working to improve the health and wellbeing of diverse communities across Australia,” Craig Tiley said.
“Being able to invest back into the community highlights the wider impact that the Australian Open has on local sporting groups.
“We all know the positive impact tennis can have on communities across Australia and how it can be used as a vehicle to connect and engage those who can face participation barriers.
“Successful applicants were chosen because they demonstrated a willingness to undertake projects which deliver tennis opportunities to communities in inclusive and engaging ways.”
Tennis Australia introduced the AO Community Grants program to help strengthen inclusion and diversity throughout the sport.
The grants range in value from $1,000 to $10,000 and are awarded to applicants who focus on delivering programs to communities in need.
A new round of AO Community Grants is now open until 31 August 2017.
For further information on the AO Community Grants program, please visit: