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' President Receives
2017 Zurich Classic
Community Impact Award
Zurich Insurance honored two community leaders on Sunday for their work to improve the lives of children in New Orleans. Dr. Anna Monhartova, A's & Aces co-founder, and Chuck Roth, executive director of Boys Hope Girls Hope New Orleans, were this year's recipients of the Zurich Classic Community Impact Award. The awards were presented on Sunday April 30 at the packed auditorium of the Roosevelt Hotel immediately following a presentation by former NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
Click the image below to watch Zurich's 3 min video describing A's & Aces and highlighting Chris Brown as a student-athlete.
A's & Aces Seleted NJTL Chapter of the Year
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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.
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."
NOLA Spring Junior Grand Prix
8 & U match photos - NORDC Joe Brown Park Tennis Center, April 22, 2017
2017 Literacy & Tennis Camps
In partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), A's & Aces will conduct 3 Summer Literacy & Tennis Camps in 2017. A's & Aces Camp sites are at Dillard University, the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, and the Joe Brown Park Tennis Center. The age ranges and the number of campers who can be accommodated vary according to the circumstances of each site. Priority given to applicants attending all 7 weeks. All camps will be held 9:00-3:00, Mon-Fri for 7 weeks: 4 weeks in June 5-30, off for the week of July 4th, and resuming for three weeks (July 10-28.
Each camp location has a separate application:
A's & Aces to Host 5 USTA Tournaments in 2017
In partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), A's & Aces will hold 5 USTA junior tournaments in 2017 at the Joe Brown Park Tennis Center. For details or to register, click the links associated with each tournament.
NEW 10 & U Tennis Youth Progression Pathway System
The USTA Southern section (including Louisiana) has adopted the new 10 & U Tennis Youth Progression Pathway System. This system for play began on January 1, 2017 for all current 10U players.
Click here for detailed info about how children ages 7-10 will earn virtual stars and trophies in order to progress from the Orange 2 level, to the Orange 1 level,and then 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 here.
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.
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