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In anticipation of a past Fall Fundraising Campaign (which launched with our ProAm Tournament & Fundraiser), Junior Program participant Jamal took to the streets on behalf of The Fort to answer a pressing question: Who is Fred? 

(Will we find Fred? Stay tuned!) 

You might recognize some (A LOT) of Fort faces in this video about tennis in the Hispanic community. Our Tennis2College students and staff star in this testament to the power of tennis that is accessible and inviting across the boundaries of race, gender and socio-economic status. 

Thanks to Josh Zenner for sharing this story! 

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The Fort community joins South in mourning the loss of Sha-Kym Adams 
(KARE 11)
8.28.14 - 15-year-old Sha-Kym Adams, an avid football player and a long-time Tennis2College participant, drowned in Lake Nokomis in August. He will be greatly missed by The Fort community. 

Young tennis star battles odds to succeed in Minnesota 
(Star Tribune) 
7.5.14 - 
Junior standout Alexis Nelson caught the attention of the Star Tribune after a string of successes, which she credits to her supportive community.  

The Stingley family of St. Paul earned Family of the Year from the US Tennis Association. 
Junior tennis player Alexis Nelson was featured by CBS Minnesota for competing in the US Open Northern Qualifier. 

Stingleys earn USTA Family of the Year! 
2.20.14 - The Stingley family, who have been intimately involved with The Fort since before we opened our doors, earned Family of the Year from USTA Northern and then USTA as a whole. Check out the feature video USTA produced on the Stingleys here

Alexis Nelson is Just 15 & She's Aiming for the US Open
(CBS Minnesota)
6.24.14 - Junior tennis phenom Alexis Nelson was featured by CBS Minnesota just before competing in the 2014 US Open Northern Qualifier.

Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center was featured in Tennis Magazine's Heroes Issue among tennis organizations and individuals "whose efforts have made a difference". 
Milliecia Lacy is a Tennis2College success story. She enrolled in our programs when they first began, and last year she earned a scholarship to attend Macalester College in St. Paul.  

Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center featured in "Heroes Issue" of Tennis Magazine
(Tennis Magazine)
- We made it into Tennis Magazine among individuals and organizations "whose efforts have made a difference in the world." 

After college, a scholarship recipient gives back  
(Star Tribune) 

8.19.13 - One of our longtime Tennis2College students, volunteers and employees is featured in this Star Tribune article about the Wallin Scholarship, which she’s using to attend Macalester College in the fall.


The Twin Cities tennis community continues to inspire with stories like this one out of Blake. 
We were featured in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder for our work using tennis & education to inspire underserved Twin Cities youth. 

Cool Things Kids Do: Blake players serve up racquets to Edison  
(Star Tribune)
5.23.13 - Check out a true moment of tennis sportsmanship that went viral in the Twin Cities. We’re proud to be able to say that a bunch of the guys involved play at The Fort! 

Tennis program ‘hooks’ kids into learning useful academic skills  
(Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder)

5.22.13 - Charles Hallman wrote a great profile of our Tennis2College program for the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder.

One of the Fort's top juniors earned a scholarship for his first year at college. 
Two University of Minnesota football players gave their time to the Tennis2College program. 

Ruben Rosario: Immigrant who survived war but died in traffic accident inspires scholarships  
(Pioneer Press) 

5.17.13 - Our own Maalik Konop-DeFreitas was one of the first students awarded a Medard Prosper Memorial Scholarship.

Our Tennis2College program was highlighted in this feature from the Twin Cities Daily Planet. 

Chaos, dreams and Tennis2College at Fort Snelling tennis center 
(Twin Cities Daily Planet) 

4.22.13 - Check out this three-part feature on our Tennis2College program that ran in the Twin Cities Daily Planet!

Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center players tend to be in the headlines. 

Prep tennis: Maalik Konop-Defreitas, Aren Wilson give Highland Park 1-2 punch 
(Pioneer Press) 
4.20.13 - Fred Wells gets a little shout-out from some of our regulars in this Prep tennis feature. 



Gophers football players giving back in academics 
(Star Tribune) 

5.17.13 - We have two high-profile volunteers, both football players at the U of M! They were also featured by the University of Minnesota

Our junior tennis program preps Twin Cities tennis players like Maalik for strong showings in their high school seasons. 

Prep tennis: Class 2A boys’ bracket has a definite St. Paul City flavor 
(Pioneer Press)
6.3.13 - A few of our players–Maalik Konop DeFrietas, Ian Olesak and Carson Hiers–are the focus of this great feature on the St. Paul City Conference’s showing in the boys state tournament.


Eric Butorac's Minnesota Tennis Challenge benefited Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center and the Tennis2College program. 

Eric Butorac and the Minnesota Tennis Challenge 
(Gustavus College)
- Fred Wells benefited from a great event with the help of a remarkable individual.