Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in St. Paul. Opened in 2002, this tennis center 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 with tennis instruction, life-skills education, and academic support.

Grant supports expansion of the TennisWorks Stars program, which serves youth in grades 3-6 and weaves social emotional lessons into the teaching of the sport. The expansion will enhance programming with Anderson United and Bancroft Elementary Schools to strengthen delivery, become more culturally responsive, and provide new family engagement opportunities. Funding will also support hiring an additional coach and youth workers with specific language proficiencies.