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. Our nonprofit organization operates through the support of volunteers, partners, donors and philanthropic foundations, and uses social entrepreneurship to promote diversity and create sustainable, systematic social change.
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Dr. Monhartova Wins BCBSLA Angels of Change Grant
A's & Aces hosted a special event at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University where the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation awarded A's & Aces an Angels of Change Grant in the amount of $50,000 to support our Empower & Serve Initiative. Learn more here.
2014-15 USTA National Student-Athlete Competition Winners!
The 2014-15 USTA National Student-Athlete Competition results are final. Two (2) of our boys are ranked #1 in the nation; Isaiah in the Elementary School division, and Chris in the Middle School division. Twenty-four (24) A's & Aces participants, from 15 schools, are ranked in the top 25 and twelve (12) are ranked in the top 10 in the 4 age/gender categories of this national competition. Click the following links to view the Top 25 National Rankings and to read The Times-Picayune article.
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.