Neighborhood Youth Outreach
JTCC Neighborhood Youth Outreach programs started in 2009 with the launch of the GEICO Game On! program and Sandy Spring Bank Advantage Prince George’s in Washington DC and Prince George’s County, MD, respectively. New partnerships with the Police Athletic League (PAL) and College Park Academy (CPA) have increased youth participation.
To date, JTCC Neighborhood Youth Outreach programs have reached more than 6,000 youth.
Coaches and volunteers provide a unique combination of tennis instruction and academic support. JTCC utilizes the Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) curriculum, a nationally accredited, out-of-school program, designed to support and encourage academic achievement, health, wellness, and strengthen life skills.
For more information on Neighborhood Youth Outreach programs, contact Ava Todd, Community Outreach Manager.
VIRTUAL TENNIS PROGRAM
JTCC has adapted its Neighborhood Youth Outreach programs to a virtual format for the 2020-21 school year in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
JTCC currently offers free online 10-week sessions for the GEICO Game On! program in Washington, DC and Sandy Spring Bank Advantage Prince George’s and Police Athletic League in Maryland.
The 45-minute classes introduce youth to the fundamentals of tennis, including stroke development, tennis knowledge, hand-eye coordination and fitness, preparing them for success when they first step on the tennis court. Additionally, participants are offered a tennis racquet and a can of tennis balls at no charge.
The 10-week spring session of Virtual Tennis starts March 30 and ends June 3.
Tuesday 3:00 – 3:45 pm
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Thursday 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Players who successfully complete one of the JTCC Neighborhood Youth Outreach programs are eligible to be considered for a scholarship to train at JTCC in the Phase 2 program.
The Phase 2 program is the next step for players in the program to continue learning tennis by participating in a free 10-week training session at JTCC.
JTCC coaches select players to participate in the Phase 2 program based on attendance, enthusiasm, and engagement in the Neighborhood Youth Outreach program.
Phase 2 participants are assigned to Red, Orange, or Green ball classes based on their ages and experience. Classes are led by JTCC coaches and High Performance players, who serve as role models for the aspiring young players.
Players who complete the 10-week Phase 2 program are eligible for additional scholarship support to participate in the JTCC Junior Development program.