First Serve Bridgeport is a Community Tennis Association formed in order to bring tennis programs and exciting tennis opportunities for the residents of Bridgeport, CT. As a 501(c)3 organization, the association is fully engaged in the development and implementation of tennis events, USTA tournaments, 10 and Under Tennis, USTA Jr. Team Tennis, in-school and after-school tennis programs. We are dedicated to refurbishing and repairing of existing tennis courts, adding permanent blended 10 and Under lines to tennis courts, painting lines on blacktops at schools for tennis, as well as purchasing new equipment and collecting donations of tennis equipment through community partnerships throughout the city and surrounding areas. The Association is committed to provide educational opportunities to the youth of Bridgeport through the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning program.
Danbury Grassroots Academy is a free, year round, program serving 50 at risk children ages 8-18. Our mission is to improve the lives of promising, selected students in Danbury emphasizing education, character, tennis, and health. We provide our students with a disciplined and nurturing environment for mentoring, promotion of healthy lifestyles and building self-esteem. The program operates at our 2,500 square foot Main Street office and on Danbury’s public tennis courts at Rogers Park. During the winter our highest achieving participants also qualify to play indoor tennis two to three days a week. We have two full time employees, Lauren Dalton (Executive Director) and Lynn Radford (Director of Education), and one part time summer tennis professional. In addition, there are over 40 active, year-round volunteer tutors and tennis pros comprised of National Honor Society students from local high schools, former teachers, WCSU students, and local residents. We have three primary goals: To stress the critical importance of education; to emphasize the value of nutrition and exercise; and to teach the basics of tennis to our childen. Specific and long term objectives are to improve report card grades, DRA reading levels, high school graduation rates and establish career paths or college education.
New HYTEs (New Haven Youth Tennis and Education) is a youth development organization dedicated to enriching the lives and positively affecting the futures of children and youth across Greater New Haven’s varied socio-economic and cultural backgrounds through programming combining tennis and education. Our flagship Tennis, Education and Mentoring (TEaM) after-school program provides life skills mentoring, academic tutoring and tennis instruction to students from New Haven public schools with the objective of enhancing educational outcomes, increasing the adoption of positive choices and improving health and fitness. Currently serving approximately 40 students in first through fifth grade, TEaM will ultimately consist of a complete K-12 pathway that gets kids involved early and keeps them involved through graduation and beyond.
For the past nineteen years, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis’ (NGT) mission has been to improve the lives of children from low income families through tennis, free of charge, year round, indoors and outdoors. While the sport of tennis is our platform, our mission has evolved to provide educational opportunities, tutoring and the life skills needed to help these kids get beyond their current environment and develop into confident and well-adjusted adults. NGT has put a major emphasis on academic excellence, to teach the children the importance of education and allow them to access opportunities they normally would not have. Our hope is that we can not only get our students off the streets, which are filled with drugs and violence, but also partner with them to break the cycle of poverty through a college education. We serve the population in and around the Norwalk Housing Authority, ages 6 to 18, who are mostly African-American and Hispanic and who come from single parent households.
The mission of Stamford Youth Tennis Academy is to provide free year-round tennis instruction and academic support to the under-served youth of Stamford so that they may build a foundation for their future. SYTA uses the relationships through tennis to teach life skills and help players achieve academic success. Stamford Youth Tennis Academy serves 40 children ages 7 to 14. The program operates at Cummings Park three days per week in the summer and two days per week at Shippan Racquet Club in the winter.