Delray Beach Youth Tennis Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2015. It was created by enthusiastic and concerned people who wanted to improve the lives of underserved students living in Delray Beach. We started with 24 students and have grown to over 200 students and still growing. Our program focuses on the whole child, instilling the values of leadership, academic excellence and healthy habits – all through the game of tennis. We feel that by creating this opportunity for the children we can teach them the importance to take a positive action in their community and life.
As a member the USTA Foundation’s National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter, we follow their Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) and NET Generation curriculum, which are designed to support academic achievement and promote health and wellness. The ACE program provides opportunities for team building, writing, and developing better communication skills through speaking clearly and listening to others. In addition to physical fitness gained doing tennis drills, the NET Generation program focuses on play and building character. Providing a fun outlet after school has also boosts the student’s school attendance. Both these programs were designed to reflect the ideals and principals of Arthur Ashe, who with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder created the NJTL.