Our programs don't "give" students strengths: they help to reveal and refine the assets students already have.
TW Academy students have the opportunity not only to learn tennis, but also to better themselves as athletes, students and community members. Through a variety of entry points, students from 6 - 12th grade have access to athletic instruction, leadership opportunities, mentor relationships, service-learning, jobs and internships, and more.
We intentionally partner with students from under-resourced communities, and strive to make The Fort a safe and welcoming space where they can bring their strengths to bear on and off the court. By centering youth voices and bridging tennis with off-court leadership and service activities, we aim to inspire youth to define success and strive to achieve it.
To learn more about TW Academy, please contact Director of Education and Partnerships Kelley Nelson at 612.252.8367 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact specific program leaders, who are listed on the program pages.
TW Academy Programs
Students can participate in TW Academy through a range of programs. Students who take advantage of TW Academy offerings 1x a week are considered Recreational Players, while students who attend TW programs twice a week or more are considered High Performance Players.
Grades 6 - 8
We work with youth from several Twin Cities schools, offering them access to after-school tennis and off-court activities designed to inspire them to achieve.
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Grades 6 - 12
Youth Advisory Board centers student voices and offers participants a say in how The Fort and TennisWorks programs operate and message themselves.
Every Saturday, students bring their backpacks to The Fort to get a jumpstart on their homework, work with tutors and mentors, and spend some time on the tennis court.
Grades 6 - 12
Boys and Girls Leadership Teams participants meet once a week to play tennis, complete service projects and delve into themes like identity, poverty and race.
Many TennisWorks students also participate in our fee-based Junior Program, which offers lessons and leagues for a variety of abilities. We offer scholarships for players who need financial assistance.