Over the past 10 years, JTCC has been aggressively expanding its impact to embrace “Tennis For Everybody,” offering tennis programs for children and adults whether they are able bodied, have disabilities or other special needs.
First, we launched Game On! to introduce the sport and provide educational support to children in underserved areas of Washington, D.C. We then broadened the scope to include sites in Prince George’s County and have made a difference in the lives of more than 5,000 children.
JTCC partnered with Prince George’s Police Athletic League in 2017 to offer tennis to additional youth in the county.
Most recently, under the umbrella of Community Development, JTCC created wide-ranging and inclusive relationships.
- A partnership with ThanksUSA launched “Tennis Corps,” bringing military veterans on site for two tennis clinics per week. One Marine veteran, Damian Wright, has immersed himself in tennis beyond the program. After losing his leg, Damian was introduced to JTCC through ThanksUSA. We were so impressed with his infectious positivity and work ethic that we hired him as a full-time tennis coach, training JTCC’s high performance athletes and playing a large role in community development projects.
- We provide weekly training sessions for Special Olympics.
- This year, we added Wheelchair Tennis. The goal is to increase the program’s presence to include multiple clinics per week, special events, and tournaments.
We have seen the joy on individuals’ faces, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcomes. JTCC is truly achieving its goal of creating an environment where tennis benefits EVERYBODY, from young children to military veterans and Special Olympians.
The young players in our Champions program have played an integral role in assisting with the Community Development efforts, learning the importance of giving back and understanding that they are extremely fortunate.
Tennis develops strengths in individuals, such as self-reliance and problem-solving skills. However, these strengths can be vulnerabilities and teach youngsters to be self-centered and self-important. By immersing our young champions in these Community Development programs, we are making a profound impact in producing well-rounded, sensitive young adults who are equipped with life skills.
Our players are also performing well on the court. We crossed the $20 million mark in college scholarships, and we have many players competing for national and international championships, led by 15-year-old Robin Montgomery, who is now ranked #22 in the 18-and-Under world rankings.
Alumni have also garnered impressive results this year, as Andrew Fenty, now a sophomore at the University of Michigan, was named the national collegiate “Freshman of the Year.” Usue Arconada achieved a career high WTA singles ranking of #134 and claimed three professional singles titles while Frances Tiafoe continued his ascent, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and attaining a career high ATP singles ranking of #29.
JTCC’s growing reputation is not going unnoticed. Below is an excerpt from a feature in The Washington Post, quoting former Prince George’s County Executive and JTCC Board Member Rushern L. Baker III.
“What we have here is a jewel in the crown of Prince George’s County.”
We very much appreciate your support and maintain our commitment to leverage the impact of your generosity in the most effective ways possible. We will continue to cover our overhead costs through tuition and club operations so that every charitable dollar is directly applied to maximizing program reach.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, JTCC is dependent upon charitable contributions to include student-athletes with financial need in our programs and for us to continue our Community Development efforts. As you are planning your year-end giving, we would appreciate your consideration to include JTCC by clicking the button below.
Thank you again for your consideration.
Raymond S. Benton