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Our Mission

Established in 1962, the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers support for the development of youth tennis in Florida. Our primary goal is to introduce children to the many benefits of tennis, and, among other things, we provide scholarships, grants and awards to deserving players, coaches and tennis facilities.

The YTF is a qualified 501 (c) (3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. We strive to find ways to better the game of tennis in the state and welcome your suggestions and your requests. We are particularly interested in novel programs, such as a rural initiative, to reach out and find those niches which are not currently being serviced by the Florida Tennis Association's various programs.

The YTF is an independent organization which presently consists of a Board of Directors with diversified and varied backgrounds who come from all over the State of Florida to represent each of the 8 USTA Florida Regions. We are actively looking to add creative, dynamic and energetic people to our group.

Contact us to learn more about the YTF and our goals to brighten futures.

Latest News

  Two major players in the Junior Elite program are moving up in the world ranks as they tour the world. Read more about Kaylan and Meecah Bigun here.

 It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that YTF acknowledges the untimely passing of our dear colleague Jim Martz, editor of Florida Tennis. The Jan-Feb issue contained a special tribute in loving memory of Jim Martz, who mentored so many people in the Florida tennis community. Read more about Jim here.

 The Duval Youth Tennis Program (previously called the Jacksonville Program), was back at the CT Brown Center in Jacksonville this past fall. See photos of the program here!

 Congratulations to our newest recipients of the YTF Jack Blair Award! Find out who they are here!

 YTF sponsored the fall tennis camp at the Lake City Columbia Community Tennis Center. Read more here.

 Congratulations to the lastest recipient of the Kelley Family Award! Read more here.

During the weekend of Sept. 22-24, the Men's Bedford Cup was hosted by UCF at the USTA National Campus. The YTF was proud to sponsor this event yet again. Read more here.

During the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1, the Women's Bedford Cup was held at USF and sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation. Read more here.

The 2023 Men's and Women's Small College Championship was held on the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct 1. This event was played at the Dave Beerman Family Tennis Center in Lakeland. Read more here.

The Jan Van Ryn award recipients have been selected for 2023-2024! Find out who here.

Congratulations to the lastest YTF-sponsored tennis players to attend the Chris Evert Tennis Academy. Read more here.

Kids in the St. Pete area were introduced to tennis at the historic St. Pete Tennis Center at Bartlett Park thanks to several sponsors. Read more here.

Florida Southern College women's tennis team hosted their first FSC Invite with the generous support of the Youth Tennis Foundation, February 4th and 5th at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center on the campus of FSC. Read more here.

The Youth Tennis Foundation would like to welcome back Tug Miller to our board. In January, the YTF Nominating Committee unanimously recommended Tug and he was officially added February 22nd at YTF's mid-management meeting. Read more about Tug here.

 YTF would like to congratulate our newest recipients of the Jack Blair Award. Read more here.

 YTF Board Member, Jeff Chambers, reported the YTF Bobby Curtis Elite Junior Prize Money Tournament was held the weekend of November 4-6. Find out the winners here!

 Congratulations to our long time board member and past President of the YTF, Pierce Kelley, who was inducted into the USTA-FL Hall of Fame. Read more here.

 During the weekend of November 4-6, the Men's Bedford Cup was held at Florida State University. The YTF was proud to sponsor this event yet again. Read more here.

 Congratulations to YTF board member Linda Williams who was selected for USTA Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month! Her support for tennis in the Lake City area has helped youth and adults in the area through new programs. Read more here.

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