Tennis is, without a doubt, good for the mind and body. Playing tennis regularly has many physical and psychological health benefits associated with it. These health benefits are particularly important for a child’s physical, emotional and mental development.
OUR TENNIS PROGRAMS PROVIDE:
Tennis, literacy, life skills and cultural awareness in the Dallas Metropolitan area. These free programs are offered on campus, after school, and are all inclusive whatever a child's socioeconomic status.
Weekend and evening tennis instruction and education programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced players.
The National Junior Tennis and Learning Curriculum which is called ACE (Academic, Creative and Engagement), provides Life Skills and STEAM training. It is the major component of our educational program.
Kids can develop and enhance their skills through competition in a low-pressure setting where results are not documented. Kids have the chance to gain additional match play experience through a rotation with similarly skilled opponents and short, continuous matches over a two- to three-hour period. Play Days promote a sense of achievement through a fun and spirited atmosphere.
Sometimes all kids need is a chance. Year-round training and tournament play are supported for high-potential and under-resourced youth. Grit and grace are developed on the court, in the classroom, and through community service activities performed as a team. These qualities of grit and grace will transcend to the court and carry these youth to a college degree and success in life as productive and conscientious world citizens.
ACADEMIC CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT (ACE) | NJTL Program
Proven to improve kids’ attitudes and behaviors around math, literacy and school climate, ACE is an out-of-school academic curriculum that connects the Common Core State education standards to the sport of tennis. Activities encourage academic achievement, health and wellness as well as social and emotional skills. When combined with a tennis program, it provides children with important developmental assets.
LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM (LSC) | NJTL Program
We provide access to the First Serve Life3 Skills Curriculum (LSC), which utilizes tennis to empower youth with the skills, values and experiences they need to become responsible and successful citizens. Children participate in progressive activities with an opportunity to earn a certificate at each level.
COCA-COLA SELECTS DTEA to PILOT STEAM
Coca-Cola selected the DTEA to pilot the STEAM curriculum in conjunction with the USTA Foundation for grade levels 6-9.
ECHOES OF THE LOST BOYS
Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan is a true story in graphic novel format of four young men who now live in Dallas area and who share their stories with kids. Their stories of survival give the kids inspiration and hope for the future no matter what their current situation is. All proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel benefit our programs.
ARTHUR ASHE ESSAY CONTEST
We encourage our students to participate in the annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. Winners may receive a trip to New York City to attend the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and a special reception. We have had many children win this prestigious award.