Dear So Cal Tennis Friends,

Mental, physical and social recovery were the goals of 2021 for the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation. It was challenging yet very rewarding. We saw tennis clubs, programs, classes and organizations begin to thrive once again. The SCTA Foundation is proud to be a part of that effort to bring players of all ages, stages and abilities back to the courts thriving and enjoying life. This rebuilding of our “tennis village” couldn’t happen without you and we are grateful. To Donate, CLICK HERE.


Linda Milan

Executive Director, SCTA Foundation


Please Enjoy a Look at Our 2021 Highlights

Serving Advantage Helps Adaptive Players in Orange County

It started as a thoughtful effort to bridge the gap between two brothers, and flourished into a support system that creates tennis experiences for developmentally-challenged youngsters in Orange County. Last year, three local teenagers launched Serving Advantage, a non-profit effort to use tennis as the common denominator between Southern California students and pre-teen children with autism and similar cognitive impairments… READ MORE

The Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Scholarship Grant Brings Joy to Seven So Cal Youth

Summer is the season when kids can make great memories by participating in youth tennis camps. It can be half day or full day experiences and fun is the key factor. This year, the SCTA Foundation was proud to offer that opportunity to six players in Southern California … READ MORE

The San Diego Open ATP 250 Men’s Pro Tournament Inspires and Delights So Cal Tennis Fans

There was something for everyone at the San Diego Open ATP this year. It was a historic event that saw the first ever ATP tournament in San Diego. It showcased great tennis by some of the top 50 players in the world as well as up and coming local talent… READ MORE

USTA All-Comers Wheelchair Camp Brings Miles of Smiles to Players

They came from all over Southern California – and one dedicated Wheelchair Warrior all the way from Sacramento – to share their love of competition and camaraderie within a unique community at the first-ever Southern California Tennis Association Foundation “All-Comers” Wheelchair Tennis Camp. They gathered at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson and the players numbered 16 in total…READ MORE

Local Los Angeles NJTL Star Commits to Howard University

Tory Bailey Jr’s path to tennis success has been filled with big dreams, family guidance and community support. He picked up a racket at age 3, and now over a decade later the high school senior is headed to Howard University to study computer science and play college tennis. His is a story of true commitment fueled by help from a loving tennis village… READ MORE

Determination Drives Denise Campbell to Work Hard for Her College Dreams

Denise Campbell is an individual who leads by example. She lets her actions do the talking because she is a humble and quiet person by nature. However, her strong work ethic and determination to succeed speaks volumes…. READ MORE

Riverside’s Jeselle Ante Follows Family Tennis Traditions

Riverside’s Jeselle Ante wants to be a tennis player when she grows up – and she knows that’s sooner than later. Ante has put together a solid run in the past year reaching the Woody Hunt 18’s semifinals and the quarters at Sectionals last summer before earning a spot in the main draw at the USTA Girls 16s/18s Nationals… READ MORE

Summer Youth Tennis Racket Program Sparks Interest in Red, Orange and Green-Ball Players

Kyle Havelka loves to play sports with his family. The athletic 6-year-old from Ventura County played basketball, soccer and tennis at home during the Covid pandemic. Of the three, however, tennis was his favorite sport. This summer, he was one of eight recipients who recieved an SCTA Foundation’s Summer Tennis Racket Package…READ MORE

Morongo Basin Tennis Association Offers Pathway for Kids to Learn Tennis

Two is the magic number for the Morongo Basin Tennis Association.The community group located in the Yucca Valley offers two free tennis lessons to junior players so they can have a fun and engaging sports experience. It’s the pathway for kids to sign up for a longer term tennis commitment…READ MORE

Hispanic Heritage Celebrates Juan Alberto Garcia- A Leader Who Inspires All

Juan Alberto Garcia knows what it takes to be a champion in life and on the tennis court. He is a USPTA Elite pro who not only talks-the-talk but walks-the-walk…READ MORE

Change Maker: Dee Henry an Iconic Leader Who Inspire Kids and Adults in Adaptive Tennis

Coach Dee Henry has created a legacy of helping people in the world of tennis and beyond. Her mission is to make the sport accessible to players of all ages and (dis)abilities…READ MORE

Change Maker: Frances Simpson Lang Brings Cultures & Communities Together Through Tennis

When Frances Simpson Lang sees a need in her community, she steps up and creates solutions. As such, the Executive Director at Mountain View Sports & Racquet Club has been a game changer and has helped tennis blossom in Southern California….READ MORE

The Hendrickson Classic Wheelchair Tournament Has an International Flair

It was an international gathering at the 21st Hendrickson Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at Barnes Tennis Center as almost three dozen players came to compete from across the U.S. and as far as Japan to enjoy the event sponsored by the So Cal Tennis Association FoundationREAD MORE

Blended Cultures On Court Make Great Friendships

Great things can happen when two tennis cultures join forces on the tennis court. Just ask Frances Simpson-Lang, the Executive Director at Mountain View Sports & Racquet Club. She noticed two groups of 2.5 level ladies playing fun doubles on a regular basis at her club during COVID-19. One was a group of Hispanic women from Mountain View, and the other, a Japanese foursome based out of Eastlake…. READ MORE

Barnes Tennis Center Clay Courts Once Again Shine as the Jewel of So Cal Tennis Facilities

Club’s mission came to fruition this year as it succeeded in its quest to “Light Up a Life” at their seven-court facility. In reality, this southeast San Diego club has lit up many lives through the sport of tennis… READ MORE

The Light up a Life Illuminates All at Mountain View Sports & Racquet Club

Mountain View Sports and Racquet Club’s mission came to fruition this year as it succeeded in its quest to “Light Up a Life” at their seven-court facility. In reality, this southeast San Diego club has lit up many lives through the sport of tennis… READ MORE

A Year of Impact in 2021

The SCTA Foundation has always believed in its mission of “Changing Lives and Communities Through Tennis” since its inception in 1986, but now we are making great strides to expand our reach, areas of giving and number of recipients. A non-profit organization, the SCTA Foundation is the charitable arm of USTA Southern California. This year, we have awarded more than $500,000 in grants, scholarships, equipment and program support to children and adults of all ages and abilities. To learn about our giving history READ MORE.

Your donation will allow us to help more kids attend summer camps and receive funding for equipment, tournaments, travel and training-related expenses. Adults have been gifted with new equipment while organizations have received help for programming, supplies and facility improvement. Other avenues of support include sponsoring junior and professional tournaments including the USTA Easter Bowl, the Billie Jean King 16’s & 18’s National Tournament and the San Diego Open Men’s ATP 250 to name a few.

For a complete list, see below:


  • 40+ Scholarships for Kids’ Training, Camps, Equipment or Travel
  • 10 Beginning Adult 2.5 League Players Received New Yonex VCORE Rackets
  • 8 Community Grants for Programming and Supplies
  • 7 Tournament Sponsorships
  • 4 Wheelchair Tennis Tournaments
  • 3 Kids and Family Tennis Days
  • 2 Autism Programs Grants and Funding


  • Morongo Tennis Basin Association: Free and Low Cost Lessons to Kids
  • San Diego Open Men’s ATP 250: Sponsor
  • Hispanic Heritage Kids Day: Tennis Festival
  • SD Veterans Tennis Classic: Sponsor
  • Hendrickson Wheelchair Tournament: Sponsor
  • Second Serve: 60+ Rackets to High School Players in Need
  • Barnes Tennis Center: Let’s Play Clay (Renovate Clay Courts), Tennis Camps: Sponsor
  • Youth Tennis San Diego: After School Tennis
  • USTA Billie Jean King 16s & 18s National Tournament: Sponsor

Thank You So Cal Tennis Community

We are happy to share our journey and with your donation we can continue to positively impact thousands of lives in Southern California. Thank you for your interest and support. We wish you a Happy Holiday season and a Healthy 2022. DONATE HERE.

With Gratitude,

Linda Milan,

Executive Director, SCTA Foundation



Our mission of “Changing Lives and Communities through Tennis,” serves as a pathway to offer financial support to individuals and organizations. We are a 501©3 nonprofit organization and the charitable arm of USTA Southern California. We help people of all ages and abilities to improve their health, fitness and quality of life through the sport of tennis. Founded in 1986, the SCTA Foundation has had a community impact of giving more than $500,000 this year through grants, scholarships, program support, equipment and more to recipients throughout Southern California. To learn more about the SCTA Foundation, please visit To donate CLICK HERE