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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

 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.

 The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida has selected the 2022 recipients of the Kelley Family Awards. Read more here.

The first Jan Van Ryn award has been selected for 2023! Find out who here.

YTF Board member Jeff Chambers received a request from the St Pete Tennis Center for some junior equipment. This public tennis facility does not receive much outside funding, including the City of St Pete, and they do particularly good things for beginning level, low income kids with minimum support. YTF approved $410 to assist the facility with the cost for junior tennis balls and junior practice nets.

YTF sponsored another year of Women's Bedford Cup Tennis in Fort Myers, FL. Read more here.

A group of Daytona, FL area youth were sponsored by the Youth Tennis Foundation to attend the Embry Riddle Tennis Summer Camp. They learned the game of tennis while having fun! Read more here.

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

In July 2022, the Youth Tennis Foundation held their annual board meeting in Vero Beach, FL. The board also celebrated 60 years of supporting Florida youth in tennis. Read more here.

Pensacola Sports' Racquet Round-up is back for the 44th year in Pensacola thanks to support from Youth Tennis Foundation. Read more here.

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