ATP ACES For Charity: Washington DC
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) aims to develop minds in the classroom and on the tennis court.
Charities and Causes
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), the non-profit owner and beneficiary of the Citi Open, aims to develop minds in the classroom and on the tennis court. It seeks to improve the life prospects of DC youth, particularly those from lower income communities, through academic, athletic and community-building activities that teach discipline, build confidence and improve academic performance.
WTEF runs two main programs:
• The Arthur Ashe Children’s Program (AACP) is an after-school program combining tennis, academics and life skills, conducted at 24 schools in northeast and southeast DC four days a week.
• The Center For Excellence (CFE) is an intensive year-round academic and tennis program for students in grades 1-12. CFE students receive academic testing and curriculum, mentoring and counseling, tennis instruction, and tennis competition.
Established in 1955 to help junior tennis players succeed, it expanded its mission in 1991 to help DC’s most at-risk youth through a combination of tennis an academics. WTEF serves nearly 1,000 children each year, between the ages of six to 18, with tens of thousands of children nurtured since its inception.
In 2012, WTEF initiated operations at its new $10 million tennis, education, and community center built in a low-income neighborhood. The CFE conducts its programs there on 9 outdoor and 6 indoor courts, plus classrooms for its academic component. The AACP is also based there, reaching out to the 25 school sites for its after-school tennis and academic program. In addition, WTEF offers programs for pre-schoolers to introduce them to tennis, as well as community outreach programs to the underserved community in which the new facility is located.
WTEF has received the Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award, the EXCEL Leadership Award, and was named the 2011 Community Tennis Association of the Year by the USTA.
The Citi Open was selected as a recipient of a $10,000 ATP ACES For Charity grant in 2011 and again in 2013. The 2013 grant will support its flagship Arthur Ashe Children’s Program, specifically funding the round-robin ‘tennis meet’ competitions between 24 schools.