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Ursula Shute Named Advancement Manager

The Fort Executive Director Esther Tsai announced the hiring of Ursula Shute as The Fort’s new Advancement Manager.

Formerly titled the Development & Communications Manager, Shute’s role as Advancement Manager will work directly with the Development Committee and staff to raise support for our TennisWorks program which provides tennis and life skills education at no cost to under-resourced youth.
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Jessie Tschida: From Orange Ball To Division I Tennis

Junior player Jessie Tschida made history last week when she became the first person from The Fort to go from orange ball to signing a letter of intent to play Division I tennis at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more!


TennisWorks Celebrates End of Fall Semester

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The Fort celebrated the end of our fall TennisWorks season January 14-18 with participants from Andersen United Community School, Bancroft Elementary, and Folwell School - Performing Arts Magnet. Tennis, food, prizes and FUN were had by all. Read more!


Capital campaign Phase I Complete With Walkway Ribbon Cutting

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The Fort celebrated a milestone January 18 with a ribbon cutting opening the new walkway between the front and back bubbles, completing Phase I of the Capital Campaign. Read more about it here! Click here for photos!


We Did It! The Fort Raises $130,000 In december For Capital Campaign

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Thanks to the matching grant provided by the Wells Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation, and all of you, The Fort raised over $130,000 for the Capital Campaign in December! We are off to a great start, and are almost one-third of the way to our overall goal of $1.7 million. To see all who donated in December, click here!


The Fort Announces $1.7 Million FORTifY OUr Future Capital Campaign

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The Fort is embarking on a $1.7 million fundraising effort that will finance the required capital improvements necessary to renew its lease with the City of Minneapolis, including replacing its two tennis domes, resurfacing and adding a ninth court, installing air conditioning and new lighting in both domes, expanding the parking facilities and constructing a new walkway between the front and back domes. These improvements will FORTify Our Future for years to come and support The Fort’s ever-growing TennisWorks program – its youth tennis & life skills continuum for under-resourced students in grades 3-12 in the Twin Cities. Click here to learn more.


The Fort Named 2018 Project Play Champion

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The Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center was one of 21 organizations nationwide and the only tennis organization named a 2018 Project Play Champion by the Aspen Institute. The Fort was also the only entity in Minnesota to earn the honor. Click here for more information.