We are raising money for People for Palmer Park’s Tennis Academy to assure
every player has an opportunity to participate, have the proper equipment and play in tournaments. Your contribution will make an impact, whether
you donate $5 or $500. This fund will be used to provide scholarships for registration, provide updated equipment to all players, and potentially assist families of aspiring young tennis players with the cost of playing in U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournaments. Registration fees alone for tournaments are expensive and can range from $70 to $120 per child plus travel/lodging costs may be needed for tournaments outside of southeast Michigan. Tournament play is critical to the development of our juniors who seek to improve their skills and to achieve a ranking, which leads to college recruitment and scholarships. This is one of the main goals for our students who are serious about their tennis game.
Making tennis accessible to all has always been at the heart of our program. Please join us as we seek to raise $10,000 so that we can continue to provide scholarships and equipment to our young players.
People for Palmer Park (PFPP) began as a result of the threatened closure of 77 parks in the City of Detroit in 2010. PFPP became a Michigan nonprofit in 2011 and obtained its 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the IRS with a mission for the preservation and revitalization of Palmer Park in Detroit. PFPP is a community partner with the City of Detroit and began hosting annual park events like the Palmer Park Art Fair, Winterfest, Harvest Fest and Log Cabin Day. PFPP also planted apple orchards, maintains a Community Garden, sponsors a Farmer’s Market and oversees park maintenance and improvements. PFPP also began early on providing recreational activities, such as yoga, tai chi, bike rides, basketball and the PFPP Tennis Academy. The Academy has grown from 35 children in 2011 to 200+ by 2019; and in 2019, the City revitalized and rebuilt the Palmer Park tennis courts with a USTA-design to provide state-of-the-art tennis courts for all Detroiters. The Palmer Park Tennis Academy’s mission is to create fundamentally sound tennis players, build self-esteem and foster well-rounded individuals.
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