Fighting Poverty with Passion
September was an exciting month for A’s & Aces. Our Secret Millionaire episode that was filmed in the summer of 2011 finally aired in late August. The show was able to help spread our message. People from the across the United States, Canada, and UK emailed us wanting to volunteer.
After Labor Day, we initiated our 2013-14 school-year programming. We resumed our after school ‘Pathway to College’ program at Dillard University, launched the ARISE-ing Dream Project (in/after school programming for K-6th grade scholars) and the Mildred Osborne in-school program (for an additional 100+ scholars) and grew our Saturday program at Pontchartrain Park to five junior development clinics. Many of our student-athletes are training for USTA sanctioned tournaments that we plan to host in 2014.
Also, eight A’s & Aces staff and volunteers became Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) members and attended a two-day “10 & Under Tennis workshop” to become professionally certified. PTR is the only tennis teaching organization in the US that provides certification for 10 & Under tennis. The workshop emphasized the importance of creating a coaching environment in which children can play safely. The course included recommended preparation from a written study guide, followed by an 8 hour on court workshop, skills testing, and a written exam.