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Every year Grassroots Junior Tennis (GRJT) provides the
opportunity for youth of the Coachella Valley to learn
the sport of tennis. The Grassroots tennis program
differs from “club” tennis coaching where parents pay
money to improve their children’s game. Grassroots focuses on learning the sport and having lots of fun. GRJT
youth learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and social skills
in a relaxed and happy environment. The goal is not to
create “winners” but to give each child a chance to be
As tennis players, we know tennis gives us a great physical workout. When learned correctly, the strategies and mental aspect extend well beyond the activity and enrich many other parts of our lives.
Grassroots Junior Tennis is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit instructional program designed specifically for children in the Coachella Valley who may not otherwise be exposed to tennis so they too can learn to appreciate and participate in our fine sport.
Many deserving children would not be able to participate
in this program without the help of donations. As
a caring individual contributor, you can give the
wonderful gift of tennis to a child in need by becoming
BUILDING AN AFTER SCHOOL TENNIS PROGRAM FOR ALL
KIDS IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY ….
Because the schools can’t
Coachella Valley public school systems are suffering
from a lack of funding and have had to cut back on
physical education and after school programs. To help
fill that void, Grassroots Junior Tennis is working with
the majority of Coachella Valley school districts to
provide a meaningful recreational outlet for any child
who wishes to participate.
This is an important service to our community. GRJT
gives kids a place to go, a place to hone physical
skills, a place to improve social skills and an
opportunity to learn a sport they can enjoy for the rest
of their lives.
WHO ARE WE?
Founded in 2004
by Executive Director and Head Coach, Kay Butler
Approved in 2004
as an after-school program by Palm Springs and Desert
Sands Unified School Districts
Partnered with Coachella Valley Recreation and Park
District in 2006
to offer the tennis program to all kids in the
Coachella Valley Unified School Districts
2012 Ruth Hardy Park approved
as home-base for the program
And WHAT DO WE DO?
Tennis classes are held from September - May and are available to
young adults and children regardless of financial
GRJT provides racquets and balls at no cost to
participants. GRJT works with the local communities to
find cost effective and high quality facilities for all
its classes. Each child’s experience is about learning
the game of tennis and having fun in the process. To
date, over 700 children have participated in the program
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT
GRJT is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and
relies on sponsorships and donations to provide
professional instruction to all interested Coachella
Valley youth, particularly low income, Title 1 students.
JACK PUGH GIFT FUND -
$15,000.00 DONATION 5/2016
Origin of Jack Pugh Gift Fund
Pugh was born and raised in Los Angeles California. His
mother was a professional tennis player in his early
childhood, which promoted a shared interest in the
sport. Jack played throughout his life of 93 years, at
times with the likes of Charlton Heston, President Ford
and other notable figures during his many years in the
luxury hospitality industry. He retired at 75, when he
moved about LA, Orange, and Riverside Counties, at one
time landing in La Quinta. He loved the desert and the
sport of tennis. As Jack enjoyed his last years, he
avidly followed the sport and insisted on watching
tournaments being broadcast worldwide.
While Jack had no children of his own, his last wishes
make it clear his desire to help young people. Given his
love of tennis and his desire to gift the youth of
Southern California, Grassroots Junior Tennis seems the
perfect organization to benefit from Jack’s generosity.
He would be most proud of Kay Butler and all who support
her efforts in bringing the sport of tennis to the youth
of Coachella Valley.
.YES, I want to Help Maintain and Grow the Grassroots Junior
Tennis Program. Organizations formed at the grassroots level are the
most successful mechanisms for building programs to
serve people in any community. Grassroots Junior Tennis
is an outstanding example of how a local effort to teach
kids tennis benefits families in the Coachella Valley.
Support Grassroots Junior Tennis
Federal Tax ID. 42-1674300
Since there is no school or other public funding
available to support the Grassroots tennis program, all
financial support must come from participants and our
We need your help to sustain and grow this important
HELP US PLANT THE SEED
You specify an amount:
Founder and Executive Director,
Grassroots Junior Tennis,
Download a sponsor packet
to print and submit by mail.