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image For the third consecutive year the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has partnered with longtime US Open sponsor JPMorgan Chase & Co. to award the Houston Tennis Association National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter and nine other NJTL chapters across the country with $10,000 each to go toward year-round tennis and education programming.

A $10,000 check was presented to the HTA at Memorial Park Tennis Center by Julia Cheney of JPMorgan Chase, while 200 HTA NJTL youngsters participated in tennis drills, ACE (Academic, Creative, Engagement) activities and a dance contest.

HTA's Executive Director Cheryl Hultquist Horvath, who accepted the check for the HTA, observed, "The Houston Tennis Association greatly appreciates JPMorgan Chase's contribution to HTA NJTL, which offers free youth tennis and education classes at more than 60 neighborhood park sites and schools in collaboration with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department."

"The USTA Foundation is proud to once again partner with Chase to award 10 of our very-deserving NJTL chapters with these generous grants," said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. "We commend Chase for giving back to thousands of NJTL participants through the #ReturnTheServe Fun Day that will surely bring a lasting impact to the lives of many."

"Access to physical activity and education can have a critical impact on the health and overall wellbeing of children, particularly those in underserved communities," said Barbara Paddock, managing director for sports and entertainment at JPMorgan Chase. "As a sponsor of the US Open for 35 years, we're proud of the USTA Foundation's work to strengthen communities, and we're proud to help build on the impact the NJTL programs have on the hundreds or thousands of youth involved across the country."