Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mission Statement:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to ensure the success and long-term well-being of college tennis and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Both benefit from the diversity of thought, backgrounds, and experiences of our Board, Staff, and stakeholders.

The ITA is therefore committed to fostering an inclusive membership body that creates and delivers quality educational, tennis, and other programming. The ITA engages in inclusive hiring and promotes Board representation from qualified diverse individuals.

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DEI College Coaches Masterclass:

The ITA has created a College Coach Masterclass chapter in order to assist ITA member coaches with their ongoing education into DEI matters. This chapter includes interviews with experts in this field and provides helpful links and resources for coaches to review and implement where appropriate.

Tennis for America:

In 2019, Tennis For America was created, placing former college tennis players in low-resourced communities to help alleviate poverty by improving the educational outcomes of children within these communities. To learn more or to apply to be a Tennis For America VISTA fellow please visit www.tennisforamerica.com

ITA/USTA Mentorship Program:

The ITA/USTA Mentorship Program was launched in 2020 to help develop and advance the careers of the next generation of college tennis coaches. You can learn more about the program and view the list of participants to date here.

USTA David N. Dinkins HBCU Coaching Grant:

The USTA, with support from Tennis Industry United and the USTA Foundation, is creating a grant that will support the 38 HBCUs that currently have varsity tennis programs. This grant reinforces and expands the tennis industry’s commitment to supporting HBCU collegiate tennis and increasing diversity among certified coaching professionals. 

More information on this grant can be found here.

Additional Resources

Feature Videos & Webinars

ITA Webinars: Athlete Activism & Social Justice in Sports with Len Elmore
Who is in Your Circle?: Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Mallory Poole, Jordan Smith
ITA Black History Month Featuring - University of Florida Men's Tennis Head Coach Bryan Shelton
Black History Month: Justin Cadeau Howard Men's Tennis


Rodney Harmon joins the ITA on the College Tennis Coaches Podcast
Darnesha Moore joins us on the ITA College Tennis Coaches Podcast

NCAA DEI Resources