Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in St. Paul. Opened in 2002, FWTEC is dedicated to making tennis more accessible to everyone in the community, especially youth from under-resourced communities. The center provides affordable courts, junior and adult tennis programs, and youth outreach programs. TennisWorks is their primary outreach program, pairing youth in grades 3-8 with tennis instruction, life-skills education, and academic support. TennisWorks links children with coaches from their communities who share their cultural backgrounds. In November 2018, it was recognized by the Aspen Institute for the work it is doing to break down barriers in sports.

Grant supports rebuilding its TennisWorks programs and start in-person program activities in the fall. Fred Wells will intensify the SEL aspect of its programming – its SEL tools make the program better able to serve children experiencing trauma as a result of the pandemic.