TENNISWORKS IS THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CONTINUUM AT THE HEART OF OUR MISSION OF INSPIRING YOUTH TO THRIVE ON AND OFF THE COURT.
We partner with schools around the Twin Cities to offer 3rd-12th grade students a chance to learn tennis, with an intentional focus on involving students from under-resourced communities. Whether it's through a mid-day field trip to our building or a class in their school's gym, students who participate in TennisWorks, learn the sport of tennis, reflect on and practice life skills like teamwork and perseverance, and receive personalized support around goal-setting, academics and career readiness.
Like our founder, Fred Wells, we believe that the tennis court can be the site of powerful life lessons about teamwork, perseverance and discipline. That's why tennis is at the heart of all of our programs, and why we strive to offer access to students who might not otherwise have a chance to set foot on a tennis court.
94% of TennisWorks students qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is a proxy measure for family income. Revenue from our fee-based tennis programs help us run TennisWorks, but we rely heavily on donations from supporters to bring TW to students at little-to-no cost.