A’s & Aces provides assistance to New Orleans public school children and other populations who have historically lacked access to quality educational support and tennis. We operate through the support of volunteers, partners, donors and philanthropic foundations, and use social entrepreneurship to promote sustainable educational equity (academic and physical), diversity and systematic social change.
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A's & Aces Crescent City One-Day USTA Tournaments
A's & Aces hosted it's 2nd tournament of 2016 on June 30. The well-attended event was held in partnership with NORDC and offered 8's and 10's divisions at Joe Brown Park. View results here.
Another One-Day USTA tournament (8's and 10's divisions only) will be held on July 20 at Joe Brown Park. Enter the tournament here.
A's & Aces Featured on WDSU's "Making a Difference"
WDSU News reporter Charles Divins recently visited our Tournament Training Camp at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center. The video aired on June 25. View or read the report here.
Summer Camps Are In Full Swing
The first weeks of our NORDC summer camps have been very successful. About 130 children are participating this year across 3 sites, one of them being our Tournament Training Camp at ASTC. We are also practicing hard both on and off the courts at our Dillard University and Joe Brown Park sites! A's & Aces chef Coach H-T is back with our Cooking up Healthy Options and Portions (CHOP) program that is sponsored by Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.
Dr. Monhartova Named 2016 "Louisiana Hero of Excellence"
A's & Aces co-founder, President and dedicated volunteer, Anna Monhartova, PhD was selected by the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus Foundation as the the 2016 "Louisiana Hero of Excellence." The ceremony and reception was hosted at the Governor's Mansion by Mrs. Donna Edwards, First Lady, State of Louisiana, and the Senate and House members of the LA Legislative Women's Caucus, including New Orleans Representatives Helena Moreno, Stephanie Hilferty and Sen. Karen Carter Peterson. Event Program excerpt
A’s & Aces Completes Year One of NOLA-YPQI
Freya Hoffman-Terry ("Coach H-T" our COO/Program Director) lead several A’s & Aces' coaches and teachers in the New Orleans Youth Program Quality Initiative (NOLA-YPQI) pilot program, a research-based quality improvement project for youth development programs. YPQI is currently being piloted in NOLA by 15 organizations, including A’s & Aces. Financially supported by Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), the program was launched in the fall of 2015. A's & Aces' staff successfully completed the first year, and BCM sponsored a celebration for the participating organizations.
Tennis Life Skills Academics
Some may, initially, think that tennis is "just a game" and is the least important component of A's & Aces' tripartite mission. Actually, tennis is the key. It unlocks barriers. Sports-Based Youth Development is recognized as an unparalleled way to engage underserved, disadvantaged, and minority populations. While character developing life-skills and academic support are critical to having successful, productive lives, the sport of tennis also provides the ability to build social, academic and career networks through playing a fun, life-long, global, non-contact, co-ed, team and individual sport. This provides incredible benefits to our participants - and for society.