Sailfish Tennis Coach Chi Ly Honored with 2011 USTA Multicultural Grant

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Sailfish Tennis Head Coach Chi Ly (Pictured) Has Been Named one of 10 Winners of a $1,000 Multicultural Grant by the USTA and the ITA. Sailfish Tennis Head Coach Chi Ly (Pictured) Has Been Named one of 10 Winners of a $1,000 Multicultural Grant by the USTA and the ITA.

SKILLMAN, N.J.- Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s tennis coach Chi Ly has been named one of 10 national recipients of the 2011 United States Tennis Association Multicultural Grants. These $1,000 grants will assist the winning coaches in covering the cost of attendance at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention, held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Southwest Florida Dec. 13-16.

While in Naples, the honorees will participate in a series of clinics and events to assist them in their profession, including the Multicultural Coaching Education Symposium presented by USTA Player Development. New to the ITA Coaches Convention, this training session will provide college coaches with insight into the teaching and coaching philosophy of USTA National Coaches, while also serving as a forum for strategies to increase the number of multicultural tennis coaches and players.
 
The 2011 USTA Multicultural Grant recipients are:

• Terry Alexander - Morehouse College
• Louis Bolling - Haverford College
• James Oscar Cuthbertson, Jr. - Johnson C. Smith University
• Jennifer Keiner - Converse College
• Chi Ly - Palm Beach Atlantic University
• Ximena Moore - Huntingdon College
• Rodrigo Puebla - Iowa State University
• Larry Strickland - Howard University
• Patrick Sullivan - Stephen F. Austin University
• Autumn Williams - Clark Atlanta University

Among the honorees are African American, Hispanic American and Asian American coaches of teams competing in NCAA Division I, II and III. First-year and veteran head coaches, as well as two assistant coaches, were selected as recipients.
 
On the grant application, prospective coaches were asked to write about how attending the ITA Convention would be beneficial for them. Below is Coach Ly’s response:

Ly: "The ITA Convention has been a great opportunity for me to learn ways of getting others within our community/campus more involved in tennis. Over the last few years, I was able to apply things that I have learned from the workshops, not only helping our players, but the kids who participate in the First Serve program."


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