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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.

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Students have the opportunity play tennis (often for the first time!) and apply what they learn on the court to other areas of their lives. On- and off-court focuses include discipline, goal-setting, teamwork, perseverance,  confidence and conflict resolution.

TW Stars engages Twin Cities youth in grades 3 - 6 in opportunities not only to learn tennis and refine athletic skills, but also to practice social, emotional and healthy-living skills in an engaging on- and off-court setting. 

We structure our program around A.C.E., an out-of-school academic curriculum connected to 21st Century Skills, National Standards and the sport of tennis.

We partner with three Twin Cities schools to bring students to The Fort or work with them on-site, both during the school day and after school. 

When TW Stars students step onto the court, they're practicing more than just tennis. 

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We partner with middle- and high-school students to provide a range of relevant athletic, leadership and mentorship opportunities, encouraging youth to bring their strengths to bear on and off the court. We also offer individualized internships and job opportunities. 

Our programs help reveal and refine the strengths students have hidden inside themselves.

TW Academy students have the opportunity not only to learn tennis, but also to better themselves as athletes, students and community members. Through a variety of entry points, students from 6 - 12th grade have access to athletic instruction, leadership opportunities, mentor relationships, service-learning, jobs and internships, and more. 

We intentionally partner with students from under-resourced communities, and strive to make The Fort a safe and welcoming space where they can bring their strengths to bear on and off the court. By centering youth voices and bridging tennis with off-court leadership and service activities, we aim to inspire youth to define success and strive to achieve it. 

TENNISWORKS PROGRAMMING IS DESIGNED TO INSPIRE YOUTH TO SEEK SUCCESS IN MANY AREAS OF THEIR LIVES—SOCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY, ACADEMICALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

We aim to accomplish this via the following objectives:

  1. Youth learn the game of tennis as a lifetime pursuit that fosters personal development and growth, self-confidence, a sense of mastery, and health and fitness. 
  2. Youth experience support and encouragement from trained coach-mentors of all ages, who build consistent relationships, a sense of belonging, and a welcoming community. 
  3. Youth engage in developmentally appropriate interests and challenges through a curriculum of physical activity, life-skills development and leadership opportunities, and are inspired to define and pursue success in many areas of their lives. 
  4. Youth are active partners in their own growth and development, and contribute their ideas, energy and leadership to FWTEC programs and the greater community.  

To judge how effective TennisWorks is in achieving these objectives, we measure the growth and development that our youth experience as they move through our programs via the Search Institute's Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) and Youth and Program Strengths Survey (YAPS). The Search Institute has identified the building blocks of healthy development—or Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible