The Champions Program is offered year-round both as an after-school and full-time program for players ages 10 and older. To be invited to participate in the Champions Program, a player must be a tournament player who wants to play college tennis and has demonstrated a strong work ethic.

Enrollment in the Champions program is by invitation only. Led by JTCC Senior Director of Tennis Vesa Ponkka, the Champions Program has a rigorous curriculum offering comprehensive training with 3-5 practice sessions per week on both hard and clay courts depending on the tournament season.

The most unique aspect of the Champions Program is mentoring. The coach-mentor is responsible for the development of the player on and off the court. A coach-mentor will aid in the player’s tournament schedule, oversee community service participation, and tackle issues of integrity, self-esteem, diet, parental involvement, and time management.

Mentoring and individualized programs stress player responsibility and independence. Intensive daily fitness training is an integral part of the Champions regimen.