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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

  YTF helped sponsor the 2nd Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Team Tennis Tournament. This event will be held March 7 and 8, 2014 at the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, FL. See more information here...

  YTF recently received an update from a project completed in 2010 that is still going strong! See more information here...

  The winners of the 2013 Kelley Scholarships have been announced. See more information here...

  YTF Board Member's Interesting Career:   Growing up with four brothers, Sue Zipay assumed all girls were athletic and could naturally throw a baseball or serve a tennis ball. See full story here...

On Sunday June 23, 2013 the full Board of Directors of the Youth Tennis Foundation 
of Florida (YTF) held its annual meeting at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel. All board members 
except Brant Bailey and Von Beebe were in attendance.The YTF’s financial status was reported 
(very sound), the status of our web site was reviewed and all of last year’s projects were 
reviewed. Essentially, all previous projects were funded with a little room for new initiatives.
 All business meetings should be so tight and productive. The members look forward to a 
terrific 2014.

Congratulations to 2013 participants in the Ed Krass Camp, Linda Antonova and Shiv Krishnaswamy! See full story here...

The Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida is proud to name Melissa Eligio the recipient of the 2013 John Van Ryn Scholarship! Melissa first discovered tennis as an elementary-age student and, with the support of her parents, developed... See full story here...

Nearly 325 kids participate in the first three 2013 Pensacola Sports Association’s Annual Racquet Round-Up clinics... See full story here...

On March 8 and 9, 2013 The 1st Annual Blue Angel Southern Invitational High School Team Tennis Tournament was held at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, Florida. The tournament was a huge success. See full story here...

Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida presents "ZIPSTART" for 5-10 year olds. It uses a progression of court sizes, balls, and racquets to scale the game down to an appropriate level for children. Englewood Tennis Club is now offering the program this spring. See full story here...

Kelsey Laureneta from the University of Miami defeated unseeded Amy Sargeant of Florida State University 6-1, 6-4 to capture the singles title at the Inaugural State of Florida Division I Women’s Collegiate Championships, held from November 2-4 on the campus of the University of South Florida. See full story here...

All eleven NCAA Division I schools fielding men’s tennis teams in the State of Florida competed in the second annual Bedford Cup. The four-day tournament was hosted by See full story here...

Many of the nation’s most promising junior tennis players competed at the 17th Annual World Team Tennis (WTT) Junior Nationals held July 30 - August 2, 2012 at the George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA where the Miami Dream Team from Bryan Park finished 6th. Read the full story here...







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