TennisWorks is the youth development continuum at the heart of our mission of inspiring youth to thrive on and off the court.
We partner with schools around the Twin Cities to offer 3rd-12th grade students a chance to learn tennis, with an intentional focus on involving students from under-resourced communities. Whether it's through a mid-day field trip to our building or a class in their school's gym, students who participate in TennisWorks, learn the sport of tennis, reflect on and practice life skills like teamwork and perseverance, and receive personalized support around goal-setting, academics and career readiness.
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Students have the opportunity play tennis (often for the first time!) and apply what they learn on the court to other areas of their lives. On- and off-court focuses include discipline, goal-setting, teamwork, perseverance, confidence and conflict resolution.
We partner with middle- and high-school students to provide a range of relevant athletic, leadership and mentorship opportunities, encouraging youth to bring their strengths to bear on and off the court. We also offer individualized internships and job opportunities.
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Like our founder, Fred Wells, we believe that the tennis court can be the site of powerful life lessons about teamwork, perseverance and discipline. That's why tennis is at the heart of all of our programs, and why we strive to offer access to students who might not otherwise have a chance to set foot on a tennis court.
TennisWorks is the new-and-improved continuation of our Tennis2College program, which has been running in some form at The Fort since we opened our doors in 2002. Across our range of programs for elementary, middle and high-schoolers, we intentionally center youth voices to ensure that we are supporting student growth in real, impactful ways.
94% of TennisWorks students qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is a proxy measure for family income. Revenue from our fee-based tennis programs help us run TennisWorks, but we rely heavily on donations from supporters to bring TW to students at little-to-no cost. Click here to make a donation today!