Our Approach | InnerCity Tennis

Our Approach

Our Approach

It's All About the Kids

• Creating opportunities for kids to reach their greatest potential - on and off the court
• Activating our broader tennis player community to support youth development


For InnerCity Tennis (ICT) Board, staff and volunteers, it is all about the children. The center of our universe is creating the opportunity for children and youth to manifest their greatest potential – on and off court.  With staff, teaching professionals and dozens of invaluable volunteers, we collaborate to give each child a pathway toward accomplishment, whether that be with a tennis stroke, learning geometry via the court, developing a unique literary voice through the annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest or finding fulfilment through service learning with younger children at our Super Saturday program. 

Engaging our Tennis Player Community / Community Collaboration 
We strive to activate our broader tennis community of adults to support youth development through volunteerism and donations to support programs.  Furthermore, we vigorously pursue strategic partnerships with community partners and businesses to harness collaborative impact and propel our program impact forward. 

Theory of Change
We know that participation in ICT youth programs can and does provide a transformational space wherein children and youth experience mastery in learning, empowerment, joy, new knowledge, supportive mentoring through professional and volunteer coaches and a foundation for lifelong health and wellness. Our Theory of Change addresses the complicated problems that far too many children in Minneapolis face: poverty, health disparities, the achievement gap, institutionalized racism, gender bias and the adverse childhood experiences that arise due to these conditions.  

We develop and unleash the potential of youth on and off the tennis court by engaging and serving a supportive community.