JTCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that continues its commitment to providing a life-changing program for children with financial need. This promise has been recognized at the highest level by USTA President Katrina Adams who recently observed, “anytime you see the kids in programs like the one at JTCC, you know that they have an opportunity to really make something of themselves, not only on the tennis court but also in the classroom with the academic support that they are getting.”
JTCC success over the past 20 years has demonstrated that tennis, in tandem with strong academics, enables JTCC students to gain entry to some of the best universities in the country. In the past six years, JTCC graduates have been awarded over eight million dollars in scholarships to leading schools such as UVA, UNC, Michigan, Texas, Cornell and Harvard.
Research Project … In 2017 JTCC set out to more fully understand our effectiveness by conducting a rigorous evidence-based research project led by an independent team from the University of Virginia. The study evaluated and measured the impact of JTCC’s program through the collection of data from phone and in person interviews, focus groups and online questionnaires. This initial process generated extensive feedback from players and parents, past and present, JTCC coaches, and college coaches that recruit JTCC graduates. After thorough analysis, the results indicate JTCC has had a positive impact on important life characteristics of JTCC graduates such as teamwork, grit and time management.
Future Vision … The results of the study are being used to pave the vision for the future to maximize JTCC’s impact in producing ‘leaders of tomorrow’ while using tennis as a powerful force for good that can impact all elements of society. JTCC’s ambition is to expand its community outreach portfolio to provide more opportunities and give JTCC students the chance to engage with and learn from different initiatives.
Underserved Neighborhoods … JTCC continues to grow its program in underserved areas of Washington D.C. and Prince George’s County. This offers talented hardworking participants the chance to join the JTCC pathway that can culminate with a college scholarship. Current JTCC players are learning invaluable lessons assisting in teaching and counseling as part of this program that fosters an understanding about the importance of helping others.
New Partnerships … New initiatives are underway with Special Olympics Maryland and ThanksUSA, an organization that supports military veterans and their families. The courts at JTCC are filled with Special Olympic athletes and veterans playing with our students. Wheelchair tennis is due to be added in early 2019. These endeavors are win-win for everybody and are especially impactful for young JTCC players to interact with people who have dealt with true adversity.
Community Festivals … Free monthly community tennis festivals for adults and children are another recent addition to JTCC. These events raise the profile of tennis by providing opportunities for the participants to sample the sport and the mentoring provided by JTCC students further develops their coaching and community skills.
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, JTCC is dependent upon charitable contributions to allow student-athletes with financial need to participate in our programs and for us to continue our outreach initiatives. As you are planning your year-end giving, thank you for considering JTCC. We accept online donations, checks, credit cards, and gifts of stock. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.