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.
A's & Aces Seleted NJTL Chapter of the Year
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NEW 10 & U Tennis Youth Progression Pathway System
USTA Southern has adopted this system for play that will begin on January 1, 2017 for all current 10U players. Click here for detailed info about how children will ages 7-10 yr will earn virtual stars and trophies in order to progress from Orange 2, to Orange 1 to the final level, Green level 1. This Pathway will determine eligibility to enter 12 & U tournaments prior to age 11. Read Frequently Asked Questions.
The Times-Picayune spotlighted A's & Aces' co-founder and current President, Anna Monhartova, PhD, in its "Future of New Orleans Project" that focuses on "individuals who are building a better future for our area by making a difference now" - NOLA Heroes. Read the article here: http://www.nola.com/heroes/
Excellence Team Trains at USTA Orange Bowl Event
As one of the 11 USTA NJTL Chapters to earn the Excellence Team designation, A's & Aces was selected to participate in the age 11-14 Excellence Teams Jr. Orange Bowl Workout in Key Biscayne, Florida. Four of our top players who met the Excellence Teams goals and criteria, Chris Brown, Nick Crockens, Jude Edwards and Troy Houston, traveled with Coach A.J. Varnado and participated in this special “Earned Advancement” opportunity on Dec 8-10.
Making a Difference
St. Charles Avenue, November, 2016
In the November issue of St. Charles Avenue magazine, Catherine Freeman's "Serving Up Success" article, in its regular MAKING A DIFFERENCE section, provides reader with a summary of our organization, mission, programs and goals. The artlicle's promotion of the (then) upcoming gala also helped ensure the reality of event's title, "A Simply Smashing Night."
November Gala is a "Smashing Success"
Our annual fundraiser ("A Simply Smashing Night") was hosted by Frances & Calvin Fayard at their beautiful St. Charles Ave "Wedding Cake" home on November 17. About 200 attendees bid on a large variety of auction items while enjoying great food, wine and friends.
Honored guest, Mayor M Landrieu, recognized A's & Acess kids who had won special Awards: the 2016 10 & U Boy's and Girls State Claycourt Singles Champions, 2016 Metro Middle School Team Chamnpions, 2016 Arthur Ashe Essay Constest Louisiana Best Essay Winner, and USTA National Student-Athlete Competition winners in both Boys Elementary School and Boys Middle School divisions.
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.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all kinds of discrimination.”
– Nelson Mandela, May 25, 2000
– Nelson Mandela, May 25, 2000