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 Simply Smashing Night - A's & Aces Gala
Thursday November 17, 2016, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
At the Home of Calvin and Frances Fayard
"The Wedding Cake House"
5809 St. Charles Avenue (Corner of Rosa Park)
New Orleans LA
Please join us for an evening of great food, wine, music and community in the beautiful historic "Wedding Cake" home of Frances and Calvin Fayard at our annual fundraiser. We look forward to your support as you bid on fantastic auction items and experiences and help A's & Aces build a healthier, safer, more successful future for New Orleans and our children through improved literacy, character development, and the enjoyment of tennis for life.
Honored Guest: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Ticket Price: $50 ($60 at Door)
Tickets can be purchased on-line at Ticketing Events: https://ticketing.events/app/portal/1/1336/a-simply-smashing-night-as-aces-fundraiser
You Shop, Amazon Helps A's & Aces
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to help support A's & Aces every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same experience of shopping on Amazon.com—but the difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com,) the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the charitable organization you select. Learn how easy it is to select A's & Aces and help put smiles on our kids' faces!
Register for our November 19-20 NOLA Fall Jr. Grand Prix here. This USTA tournament is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
TrueSport Video Highlights Partnership with A's & Aces
TrueSport, a grassroots movement affiliated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, partners with A's & Aces to promote the positive experiences that youth sport can bring to help young athletes build the life skills and core values for success on and off the court.
In 2016, two multi-medal Olympians visited New Orleans as TrueSport Ambassadors to film a video highlighting the partnership and our student-athletes: after-school program at Dillard University and our Atkinson-Stern summer camp. TrueSport's motto is "We Value Champions. We Champion Values." Click here to view the video.
NEW 10 & U Tennis Youth Progression Pathway System
USTA Southern has adopted this system for play that will begin on January 1, 2017. All current 10U LA players in TennisLink should receive a letter from the LTA office announcing their Initial Mission Level by October 15. 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.
A's & Aces' 7 yr old Wins La. Arthur Ashe Essay Contest
The Arthur Ashe Essay Contest is held annually by the USTA Foundation, on the national and state levels. This year, the award for 1st place in Louisiana was earned by our very own Saige LaCour, age 7, of Harvey, LA. Saige was awarded a trip for herself and her mom to attend an award ceremony at the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP pro tournament held at the Wake Forest Tennis Center in North Carolina! The August 20-27 event was the final tournament in the nine-tournament series leading up the US Open.
A's & Aces Excellence Team Travels to D.C. Area
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.
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.