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 Kids Excel in July & August USTA Events
The A's & Aces 10 & Under Excellence Team was one of eleven teams chosen nationwide to compete in the 2016 NJTL Excellence Teams Cup, hosted by the USTA Foundation in College Park, Maryland on July 21-24. In addition to the competition, our players attended the Citi Open with draws of top ATP and WTA players, participated in a clinic with famed coach Nick Bollittieri, interacted with other young tennis players from around the country, and toured famous monuments of Washington, D.C. Our Excellence Team placed 3rd overall! View more photos of their experience here.
A's & Aces directed its 3rd and 4th USTA sanctioned tournaments of 2016 on July 20 and August 6-7 in partnership with NORDC at Joe Brown Park.
The July One-Day USTA tournament offered only 8s & 10's divisions, yet had 41 entries. A's & Aces participants, Gabrielle Pizzalatto, Max Edwards and Troy Houston placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Boys 10s, while Teah Johnston, Ava Waller and Zoe Dupaty took 1st-3rd in the Girls Orange Ball division. Most of the twenty-one 8 & under boys and girls were playing in their first tournament, and competed in one of five Red Ball Round Robin Draws. View all tournament results here.
The NOLA Summer Open was another opportunity for our kids to play a local USTA event after training in the camps all summer.
View all tournament results here.
Register for our November 19-20 NOLA Fall Jr. Grand Prix here. This USTA tournament is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
A's & Aces Benefits from Chase Returning the Serve
Many thanks to Chase and the USTA Foundation for helping us provide a day of tennis and fitness for nearly 100 of our summer campers on July 15th. This event was part of a national Return the Serve program that selected 10 NJTL chapter organizations across the country, and made $10K donations to each again this year. View more event photos here.
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.