A's & Aces

A's & Aces is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008 with a mission to provide academic assistance, life skills and tennis to New Orleans public school children. A sport-based youth development model is used to engage and retain under-served youth and others who have lacked access to quality academic assistance and tennis, and help them succeed on a pathway to college and beyond.

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Category: Youth Development
Parish: Orleans
Since 2008, A's & Aces has:
-Impacted thousands of underserved children, while working with 750 children weekly
-Partnered with Dillard University, Tulane University, and NORDC locally, and with AmeriCorps, the USTA, and Up2Us nationally, to provide classrooms, courts, and coaches and teachers for our youth
-Inspired and exposed hundreds of children to college settings via programs and field trips
-Promoted literacy by giving thousands of books to children to build their own home libraries
-Increased fitness through a FUN, life-long, non-contact, co-ed, global, individual & team sport
-Trained hundreds of high school, college, and adult volunteers to serve as tutors/role models
-Helped thousands of children learn to read and write more proficiently
-Introduced thousands of boys and girls to the sport of tennis
-Empowered thousands of youths to make positive decisions regarding their own lives, health, education, and futures