A's & Aces greatly appreciates all of its partners. Our supporters are helping us build life champions through tennis, life skills, and academic excellence. They understand that A's & Aces gives all children and youth a great opportunity to experience individual growth and success while building life-changing social, academic, and career networks. We could not do what we do without the support, in all of its various forms, that we gain from our partnerships. Our partners include both local and national entities, the main ones are listed below.
Thank you, partners!
New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) partners with A's & Aces in several important ways. NORDC is a both a funding and an in-kind partner for our Summer Literacy &Tennis Camps held at Joe Brown Park Tennis Center (JBPTC) and Atkinson Stern Tennis Center (ASTC). NORDC also provides courts and indoor space at the JBPTC for our afterschool, school-break holiday camps, USTA-sanctioned tournaments, and Saturday clinics.
Tulane University's Center for Public Service: many students who participate in social innovation & social entrepreneurship classes volunteer with A's & Aces programs and partner schools. Over the last few years, the AmeriCorps Program at Tulane has provided many AmeriCorps WaveCorps members to assist during our summer camps.
A's & Aces is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) member organization, both as a National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter and as a Community Tennis Association. The NJTL mission is fully aligned with A's & Aces' mission. All NJTL Chapters have free access to the NJTL Life Skills Curricula which utilize tennis to empower youth with the skills, values and experiences they need to become responsible and successful citizens (e.g., Academic Creative Engagement™ (A.C.E.) Curriculum, First Serve Curriculum). A's & Aces is annually supported by the United States Tennis Association Foundation (USTAF).
A's & Aces shares the vision of New Orleans Campaign For grade-Level Reading to ensure all students in New Orleans read at grade level by the end of third grade. A child’s ability to read by the end of third grade is an important predictor of future success. Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate high school and have higher earnings as adults. In New Orleans public schools, only 31% of third graders read on grade-level by the end of the third grade. This means the vast majority of our city's children miss this critical milestone.
TrueSport® is an initiative of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that equips parents, coaches, youth, educators, and athletes to cultivate, champion, and uphold sportsmanship and the positive life lessons that sport teaches. USADA’s vision is “to be the guardian of the values and life lessons learned through sport” and its mission is, in part, “to inspire present and future generations of U.S. athletes through initiatives that impart the core principles of true sport.” USADA is the independent, congressionally recognized, national anti-doping organization for Olympic and Paralympic sports in the U.S.
Constant Contact "Cares For Kids" program supports educational and social non-profit organizations that help children. All paying customers in good standing are eligible to sponsor a local community organization that is 100% focused on programs for children with a free Constant Contact account.
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was founded by President Clinton in 2005 "to help turn good intentions into real action and results." A’s & Aces is a project of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and was featured by President Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative University inaugural meeting held in New Orleans, March 2008. President Clinton's personally recognized A's & Aces during the “Special Session: Rebuilding a Sustainable New Orleans". A's & Aces is profiled in the William J. Clinton Foundation's 2008 Annual Report. The Clinton Global Initiative is a non-partisan project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Second Serve Tennis Center is a locally owned and operated tennis specialty store offering a large selection of rackets, shoes, clothing, & tennis accessories for over 30 years. Visit Second Serve at 3951 Veterans Memorial Blvd in Metairie for full, professional racquet servicing (stringing, re-gripping, etc.) or shop online at TennisNOLA.com. "Return & Serve" Second Serve's Recycle Program benefiting A's & Aces - Are unused tennis items cluttering a closet or do you have gently used tennis clothes that are no longer worn? Do you have any trophies (from any sport) in the attic? A's & Aces welcomes hand-me-down rackets, trophies, clothes, bags, etc. Please consider an in-kind donation to our recycle program, "Return & Serve". The A's & Aces office (1036 Arabella St, N.O., LA 70115) and Second Serve Tennis Center (3951 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002) are both drop off locations.
A's & Aces introduces tennis to many K-3rd grade children during PE classes at their schools. Schools we worked at include: