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SC Player is Awarded USTA Scholarship

June 10, 2008 06:02 PM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 3, 2008 - The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), the philanthropic and charitable entity of the USTA, today announced that Nelson Iginla of South High School in Minneapolis, Minn., and Chelsea Whitehurst of Augusta Preparatory Day School in Aiken, S.C., have been named recipients of the $2,500 Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship.  The USTA T&EF has granted 54 high school students a variety of college scholarships this spring, totaling $287,000.

An objective of the USTA T&EF is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.  The Eve Kraft Education & College Scholarship is bestowed upon two high school seniors, one male and one female, who have excelled academically, demonstrated community service, played tennis in an organized program and who reside in an economically disadvantaged community.
This scholarship is named in memory of Eve Kraft of Princeton, New Jersey, a tennis pioneer who introduced thousands of young people to the game of tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.  Kraft became the first-ever women’s varsity tennis coach at Princeton in 1971 and led the team to an undefeated record during her three-year tenure.  She later founded and was director of the USTA Center for Education and Recreational Tennis in Princeton.

South High School’s Iginla plays varsity tennis, was the 2007 USTA Player Incentive Award winner, and an instructor at the Fred Wells Tennis Center.  He was a semifinalist in the state tennis singles championship as well.  Iginla also excels in the classroom where he has achieved excellent grades in demanding courses.  He will major in political science at University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Whitehurst is a member of the tennis team at Augusta Preparatory Day School and founder of the Teens Teach Tennis program.  She has excelled in the classroom, garnering AP scholar honors in three subjects.  She is a member of Relay for Life, service club, and a tutor.  She plans to study international relations/political science at Georgetown University.

“By supporting young people we are investing in America’s future,” said Karen Martin Eliezer, Executive Director of the USTA Tennis and Education Foundation.  “With the help of this scholarship, it is our hope that Nelson and Chelsea will continue to pursue their goals and act as stewards of their communities as they go on to higher education and throughout their lives.”

USTA Tennis & Education Foundation
Established in 1994, the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation promotes – through tennis – educational excellence, good citizenship and self-improvement to at-risk and other special needs youth.  The Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to American youth, and supports new initiatives that reach out to inner-city youth.  It also supports community tennis programs that link tennis with education to provide positive role models, academic assistance, and life skills for the prevention of substance abuse, violence and school-dropouts.  The USTA Tennis & Education Foundation (USTA T&EF), is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life among our nation's youth from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.