Our program MODEL: Points-of-ENTRY ---> SPOKES ---> HUB
The map and the diagram below illustrate the A's & Aces programmatic model.
K-3rd grade students at five schools are introduced to A’s & Aces through programming that takes place M- F during their regular school day. In some schools, “A’s” classrooms are located proximate to our “Aces” tennis laboratories. In others, we teach "QuickStart Tennis" (child-sized for age 8 & under) throughout the year during enrichment or PE classes.
Summer Literacy and Tennis Camps also serve as points of entry into A’s & Aces programs, and are held at NORDC’s Joe Brown and Atkinson-Stern tennis centers, as well as at Dillard University. These sites also serve as “spokes” for school break and holiday camps, and for M-F afterschool programs where school partners bus students who are invited to participate based on demonstrated interest, behavior, and commitment. A's & Aces strives to provide a "point-of-entry" into our program for as many young children as possible. We do this primarily through three programs:
- Summer Camp Programs:
- We host 7-week Summer Tennis and Literacy Camps, on a "first come-first-served" application basis, for about 160 boys and girls ages 7-13. These camps are conducted simultaneously at the three locations indicated by the blue circles in the diagram below.
- In-School Programs:
- We currently partner with five schools where instruction is provided to about 750 K-3rd graders on their campuses during the school day. These partner sites are indicated by the purple circles in the diagram below.
- Saturday Tennis Program at Joe Brown Park:
- Applications for children ages 6-8 ( and 5 yr olds with an attending, committed parent) are accepted for the 1.5 hour "red ball" clinic on Saturday afternoons.
- A very limited number of children ages 9-11 who demonstrate significant interest in learning the sport may be accepted into the Saturday program on a trial basis. Spaces in these clinics are very limited. (Note: Saturday courts and coaches are reserved for Tournament Team practices. Children on the Tournament Teams have demonstrated a level of skill appropriate to the group, as well as significant interest and commitment to competitive tennis.)
After-School "Spoke" Programs:
A's & Aces provides opportunities for children with previous experience and appropriate interest to continue in the program through weekday after-school programs M-F at NORDC’s Joe Brown Tennis Center and Dillard University, where school partners bus students who apply and are invited to participate based on demonstrated interest, behavior and commitment. These “spokes” also serve as sites for school break and holiday camps, and are indicated with blue circles in the diagram below.
Continuing "Hub" Programs:
In partnership with NORDC, A’s & Aces operates 5 1/2 hours of tournament training practices on Saturdays on Joe Brown Park’s 10 courts, while we pursue a permanent location for a Youth Tennis & Learning Center.
Opportunities for experienced, committed participants to continue in the program exist through Saturday Tournament Team practices as well as after-school, school break, summer camps and participation on teams and in tournaments.
Our goal is to provide an "8-18" pathway to college for as many student-athletes as possible by enabling them to come from all areas of the city to a "hub" tennis and learning center where they can train together to pursue their goals.
NOTE: THE DIAGRAM AND MAP BELOW ARE ILLUSTRATIVE. SCHOOLS, SPOKES AND THE HUB LOCATIONS DEPICTED REFLECT THE 2015 STATUS. SITES CHANGE AS CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR CURRENT HUB LOCATION IS AT JOE BROWN PARK