Effective June 1: 

  • All patrons must have a credit card on file.
  • All guests must pay at the time of reservation for drill/court rental or have a card on file.

If your account is past due as of June 1st your account will be suspended.  To avoid suspension please contact Reid at reid@fwtec.org to establish a payment plan.

Thank you for your understanding! 

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Thanks to everyone who made it out to The Fort for the third-annual Wells Cup! This year, Spain took home the title in an exciting set of championship matches against Japan. Proceeds from the tournament will support TennisWorks and scholarships for our fee-based programs. 

Photos courtesy of Aubrey Miller.

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Congratulations to the following Fort players who made the Zonals lists this year! Team members are selected based on their rankings, with top registered players competing and lower-ranking players serving as alternates.

We're proud of these and all of our junior players for their hard work and love of the game!

Boys 12's
Sam R Skanse (No. 7) 
Luke Stephen Fridinger (No. 9)
Tyler Haddorff (No. 30)

Girls 12's
Selah Stibbins (No. 13) 
Alexandra Repplier (No. 36)

Boys 14's
Joe Mairs (No. 3) 
Caleb Lee Fridinger (No. 5) 
Aashish Bharath (No. 7) 
Nisal Liyanage (No. 9) 
Ryne Zen-Zhi Reger (No. 10) 
Tharun Inturi (No. 23) 
Maxwell Soll (No. 26) 
Andrew Hanchen Liu (No. 42) 
Rohan Harle (No. 43)

Girls 14's
Delaney Grace Schurhamer (No. 2) 
Arlina Shen (No. 3) 
Cecilia Nunez Obetz (No. 8) 
Alexandra Rose Welty (No. 10) 
Jessica Ip (No. 22) 
Shaylynn Ai-Ni Reger (No. 29) 
Sonya Ramesh (No. 36)

Boys 16's (World Team Tennis)
Maxim A Zagrebelny (No. 9)

Boys 16's (Intersectionals) 
Maxim A. Zegrebelny (No. 9)

Boys 16's (Zonals) 
Maxim A. Zagrebelny (No. 9)
Charlie Andrew Weill (No. 17) 
Joseph Punnoose (No. 25)

Girls 16's (World Team Tennis) 
Samantha Rose Nichols (No. 5) 
Eesha Varma (No. 10) 
Lauren I. Ferg (No. 11) 
Taylor Ann JAckson (No. 13)

Girls 16's (Intersectionals) 
Sophia Reddy (No. 1) 
Isabella R. Lambert (No. 2) 
Francesca Camille Trella (No. 4) 
Samantha Rose Nichols (No. 5) 
Eesha Varma (No. 10)

Girls 16's (Zonals) 
Sophia Reddy (No. 1) 
Isabella R. Lambert (No. 2) 
Francesca Camille Trella (No. 4) 
Samantha Rose Nichols (No. 5) 
Eesha Varma (No. 10) 
Lauren I. Ferg (No. 11) 
Taylor Anne Jackson (No. 13) 
Anna Christine Stutz (No. 20) 
Ani Bailey (No. 42)

Boys 18's (World Team Tennis)
Jackson Allen (No. 1) 
Alexander Christian Exsted (No. 5) 
Nikita Snezhko (No. 6) 
Ben van der Sman (No. 10) 
Ben Ingbar (No. 12)
Anshul P Bharath (No. 13) 
Chase Roseth (No. 17) 
Rajadurai Arul (No. 19)

Boys 18's (National Team Championships)
Jackson Allen (No. 1) 
Alexander Christian Exsted (No. 5) 
Nikita Snezhko (No. 6) 
Ben va der Sman (No. 10) 
Ben Ingbar (No. 12) 
Anshul P Bharath (No. 13) 
Chase Roseth (No. 17) 
Rajadurai Arul (No. 19)

Girls 18's (World Team Tennis) 
Alexis Nelson (No. 1) 
Sophia Reddy (No. 3) 
Isabella R. Lambert (No. 7) 
Taylor Jackson (No. 14) 
Chloe Hall (No. 28)

Girls 18's (National Team Championship) 
Alexis Nelson (No. 1) 
Sophia Reddy (No. 3) 
Isabella R. Lambert (No. 7)
Chloe Hall (No. 28)

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Friends of The Fort, 

Succession from one generation of leadership to the next is a period of opportunity and risk. The Fort is approaching this period of change with common sense, an inclusive listening of patrons, funders, and partners, frank dialogue within the board and from other key players, and a robust analysis of the organization’s mission and business.  I joined The Fort as the Interim Executive Director the end of February.  It is an honor for me to be among you.

The role of an interim executive director (IED) is a bit different from that of a permanent executive director. I have served over twenty organizations the past fifteen years as an IED utilizing a “prepare, pivot and thrive” model of executive transition management. The IED takes on the standard executive director’s work of overseeing finances, monitoring program outcomes, keeping fundraising efforts on track, supporting staff, and attending to normal board needs. Additionally, the IED helps the board keep up with their transition and executive search duties, makes any repairs needed in organization systems, and orients the community toward the future.

 I have learned over the years that each organization is unique. The Fort is an exceptional organization!

·       The Fort reflects a wonderful nonprofit blend of tennis center and youth development. Tennis participation helps support the mission-led youth development work, teaching important leadership skills through tennis.

·       The Fort celebrates the commitment and foresight of Fred Wells and the continuing generosity of the Wells Family Foundation.

·       The Fort is built on relationships, many which go back to its founding in 2002. A strong sense of community is apparent among our leagues, tennis and after school participants.

·       The Fort’s staff give their all, on and off the court. There is a promise to one another to discover what unifies their desire to bring out the best in tennis and in education. 

·       The tennis and education programs both grew significantly under the leadership of Lea Favor.

·       The Fort Board of Directors is committed and understands well their role to provide oversight, insight and foresight to the organization.

PREPARE:  The Fort is well on its way to completion of the first step in executive transition management. An organizational assessment has been completed. A long-term FRED, who is a retired executive and WDL player will work closely with Linda, the board and staff to fill in the infrastructure gaps identified in the organization assessment.  Gratefully this phase at the Fort, is best described as an effort to strengthen (not fix) the existing systems.  Additionally, there is a work plan which identifies the key desired outcomes over the next four months while in transition.

PIVOT: Leadership Tactics, Inc. (LT) has been contracted by the board to lead the executive search. This is the same firm which did the search in 2013. A survey has been shared with staff, board members and key stakeholders to best describe what is extraordinary about the Fort and the leadership traits desired in the new executive. LT is also looking for individuals who might be in a position to suggest candidates. If you would like your voice heard, please contact me at 952-210-9662 or linda.tacke@gmail.com to request a survey and/or interview. The executive search is just beginning.

THRIVE:  It is the goal of any executive transition management process that the infra-structure is strong, the candidate is the right fit, staff is helpful, desired program outcomes are clear, and funders remain supportive; i.e. the organization is positioned in every possible way for the new executive to be successful.  I am convinced this is well on its way at The Fort.

It is the Fort’s goal to have a new leader in place by August so s/he can be a full participant in fall programming start-up.    

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at 952-210-9662 or linda.tacke@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.  

Warmly, 

Linda Tacke
Interim Executive Director
Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center

 

 

 

 

  

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March 1, 2016

Friends and Family of The Fort,  

As you know, The Fort is a special kind of tennis center. Our dedication to making tennis more accessible to everyone in the Twin Cities—especially youth from under-resourced communities—continues to set us apart both locally and nationally. As a team, we remain dedicated to bringing Fred’s vision to life on a daily basis, and we’re grateful for your lasting partnership in this important work.  

I am writing to introduce myself and to share some changes at The Fort. Executive Director Lea Favor recently resigned her position and I have stepped in as interim executive director until a new executive director is named, probably in early July. I was part of the executive search team that identified Lea in the spring of 2013 and helped the board of directors develop the Fort’s current strategic plan in 2014.  I consider myself a real friend of The Fort.

Lea made a visible impact across the organization. We are incredibly grateful for the direction she provided to both the education and tennis programs during her tenure here. She will be greatly missed by many. 

Given this leadership transition, we will host the 2016 Wells Cup on Saturday, April 30rather than on March 5. We apologize to everyone who had planned on attending or playing this weekend and will issue refunds for tickets purchased for those who cannot attend on the April date. Your participation as a player or a spectator will still help support TennisWorks, our outreach program dedicated to developing lifelong tennis players and global citizens. You now have more time to purchase tickets online at wellscup2016.splashthat.com. Thank you for understanding our need to reschedule. 

If you have a chance, please stop by to introduce yourself or bring me your questions or suggestions. I am available at 612.252.8367 ext. 101

Warmly, 

Linda Tacke
Interim Executive Director

Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center
612.252.8367 ext. 101 
exec@fwtec.org

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