The mission of JTCC’s Community Outreach program is to promote overall health and wellness and to encourage personal growth through sportsmanship, competitive spirit, independence, and teamwork, opening doors to future success.
JTCC began its Community Outreach initiative in 2009 to introduce the sport of tennis to underserved youth ages 5-11 in Prince George’s County, MD and Washington, DC.
Instructors utilize a unique combination of tennis instruction and education to reach youth who lack the resources to learn the game of tennis.
Since its inception JTCC has operated its program at 30 sites across the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County, MD. To date, JTCC community outreach programming has reached more than 4,000 youth.
More than 50 Game On! and Advantage Prince George’s players have been invited to enroll in JTCC’s Champions program which provide a pathway to earning college scholarships in the future.
JTCC’s Community Outreach program is based on a mentoring model where high- performing student athletes in their early teens become role models for pre-teen youth in the community. Players enrolled in JTCC’s Champions program and JTCC coaches travel to community outreach sites to coach and mentor the participants. Every JTCC player and coach commits to 30 hours of grassroots coaching/mentoring each year resulting in many friendships between the mentors and participants.
JTCC introduced a new academic initiative to its community outreach program in 2013. The Academic Creative Engagement Curriculum (ACE) is a nationally accredited, out-of-school time program designed to support and encourage academic achievement, health, wellness, and strengthen life skills.
ACE fuses tennis and education to provide engaging activities for all participants. This one-of-a-kind synergy creates a positive experience for everyone involved. With the introduction of ACE, participants receive two hours of instruction (one hour of tennis and one hour of educational programming) in a safe out-of-school environment. ACE lessons support classroom instruction and encourage students to communicate. Schools are mandated in preparing children for specific school and state assessments, whereas an out-of-school program provides the chance to talk about learning. Emphasis is placed on the importance of thinking, math concepts, writing clearly and speaking well. The ACE Curriculum consists of 50 math, literacy and nutrition lessons and specific activities to prepare students for the national Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest. The curriculum is designed for 4th through 6th grade students; however, it can easily be modified to engage all ages and grade levels. The lessons are created to be supportive, engaging and experiential in nature. They are guided by academic standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). They also support the Core Curriculum State Standards, which are being implemented in most states.