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The mission of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education (AAYTE) is "to create and promote opportunities to improve the quality of life of young people through tennis and education." To do so, AAYTE targets children ages four to eighteen years, many from underserved, at-risk, multicultural populations. Through recreation, academic and mentoring services, AAYTE provides these youngsters with positive life lessons and teaches important personal skills such as self-discipline, self-reliance, good sportsmanship and non-violent conflict resolution, all in a constructive, safe and nurturing environment.
AAYTE annually provides qualified instructors, equipment and positive opportunities to more than 8,000 children, most of whom participate at little or no cost through the AfterSchool and Community Programs, The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center indoor programs and the National Junior Tennis League's outdoor summer program. Using tennis as the vehicle, the programs teach positive, rewarding lessons, building confidence and providing a framework of personal discipline. In addition, AAYTE offers a safe haven for children during after-school hours and summer breaks, when they are most vulnerable to drugs, crime and violence.
AAYTE provides tennis, educational and life skills programming to 8,000 youth each year in virtually every neighborhood in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. Participants come from varying socio-economic and tennis backgrounds.
Our tennis programming is the hook we use to engage youth in enrichment opportunities. Youth participate each year in art contests, tutoring, munchkin reading, Goodstein Junior Leaders Program and many more.