Community Outreach

USTA Application Now OpenCurrent Opportunity June/July 2020

2020 NJTL Essay Grant presented by Deloitte: Application Now Open

The 10 best submissions (two in each age group) will be recognized, and the essay author’s NJTL chapter shall receive a $6,000 total directed grant—$5,000 will be utilized to support the essay author’s in chapter-related programming participation costs and expenses and $1,000 will be utilized by the chapter for administration of the same.

The entry form and essay links are listed below. The question for the 2020 essay contest is, "Everyone measures success differently. How do you strive for success in terms of your character development, education, or tennis?"

Open to all ages 18 and under as of June 8, 2020 who are participants in a program sponsored by a local NJTL chapter.

  • 300 words or less (Essays over 350 words will not be accepted)
  • If typed, type on 8.5” x 11” page, single-sided only
  • If hand-written, submit on the provided NJTL Essay Contest Sheet
  • Complete entry form to turn in with essay

Please turn in essays and entry forms by July 30th to Laura Myers, Education Programs Manager. Questions? Laura Myers or call 612-584-4735


Taking our show on the road
Academic year programs delivered at no charge

6 schools, 1 Head Start Location, and 1 After School Program
• One program specifically designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ICT’s Community Outreach program is our mission-driven programming strategically developed to address the achievement and opportunity gap in Minneapolis.  According to the USTA’s special report: More than A Sport – Tennis, Education and Health youth who play tennis gain multiple positive outcomes.  Among youth who play tennis:

  • 81% affirm that they will attend college
  • 82% are community volunteers 
  • 73% have never been sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary issues
  • Nearly 50% have an A grade point average
  • And, youth who play tennis are less prone to indulging in risky behaviors like smoking, drugs and alcohol.

2019-20 Academic Year Weekly Program Line-Up
During the academic year, ICT delivers our Kidspeed
® curriculum and ACE program weekly in our partner schools and sites, at no charge.  We literally take our programs “on the road” as our five program staff and volunteers take mini nets, rackets, balls and agility-balance-coordination stations to:

  • Bryn Mawr Elementary 
  • Fraser Head Start
  • Hospitality House Youth Development
  • Lake Nokomis community-Wenonah campus (Autism spectrum)
  • Lucy Laney Elementary
  • Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary 
  • Northside Legacy Program at V3 Sports (after school program)
  • Prodeo Academy
  • Stonebridge World School
  • Trinity First Lutheran

Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ICT's Outreach program has been a fit for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We run a program specifically for children with ASD at Nokomis Community School in South Minneapolis. Check out the video below that Channel 5 did on our work serving the ASD population!

For more information about our Community Outreach Programs, please contact Education Programs Manager, Laura Myers at 612-584-4735