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1 Ace 1 Foundation Tennis Program for Home School Kids
701 Mississippi Ave. SE Washington Dc 20032 just minutes from the Maryland line near St. Barnabas and Wheeler Ave
Phone: (301) 237-0347
The One Ace One Foundation, a non-profit organization, that was established in January of 2004 to encourage the development of under-resourced students at school, at home, and on the tennis court, through mentoring by former students and volunteers. By leveraging the talent and experience of our mentors, we help students balance tennis with priorities off the courts, guide students in making a smooth transition to college, and create an atmosphere where they can make life-long friendships that carry on even after graduation from the foundation.
The One Ace One Foundation runs programs year-round in schools as well as foster systems throughout Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, and Washington, DC. Young kids participate in clinics that introduce tennis as a fun sport fostering qualities such as honesty, integrity, discipline and hard work. For kids who are interested in pursuing the game at a higher level, we hold try-outs and make selections to the Academy based on the individual’s athletic ability, work ethic, attitude, desire and love for the game. There is a reasonable cost to kids that are accepted into the Academy and scholarships are available based on need. It is expected that the organization will use these funds in addition to grants and in-kind contributions from private donations to help with scholarships, equipment, travel, and coaching costs.
The program was first piloted during the 1999-2000 school year at another non-profit organization that has since transitioned to strictly for profit. The first round of summer tryouts resulted in a select number of players who were given free coaching throughout the summer. Players who then displayed great promise and desire were subsequently selected to participate for the full-year with scholarships given to those that showed financial need. The first summer tryouts resulted in 25 kids ranging in age from 6 to10 from which 12 continued full-time throughout the school year. We have continued the process and there are currently 50 to 60 kids ranging in age from 5 to 17 participating in the program full time.
Our mentors are comprised of a group of young adults who have graduated from one of the three non-profit organizations on which the current One Ace One Foundation is based. Our goal has always been to promote tennis along with strong academics and a number of our students have benefited from receiving over $30,000,000 in tennis and/or academic scholarships to private high schools as well as universities. We repeatedly observe through the growth of our students that the discipline necessary to excel in tennis also translates to excellence in academics and later the ability to thrive in the real world.
Our goal is to expand the program to attract a homeschooled base in neighboring counties and states to train at the New Williams Arena. As the program grows in size, the organization will consider expanding the homeschooling element into other locations in the metro DC area. The long-term goal of the organization is to develop a well rounded, disciplined student-athletes who can thrive at the university level by obtaining tennis scholarships and continue to succeed in the real world after graduation.
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