Supported Children’s Programs
Current Supported Programs

CTP Supported Programs for Juniors (2019 - 2020)

The ACE Project (All Children Excel)

PO BOX 304
Westmont, IL 60559

This summer, The ACE Project will launch a 6-week tennis camp, in collaboration with Riverdale Park District and XS Tennis, to make this life-long sport more accessible to youth and adults. Prior, The ACE Project hosted summer camps through our partner elementary schools; while this gave youth an opportunity to practice new skills with their immediate peers, it was challenging to schedule coaches and facility space over an extended period during the summer months. With this new format, we will be able to utilize the renovated Art Courts in Riverdale, funded by the USTA, while expanding tennis instruction to more community members.

Chicago District Tennis Association/Chicago Park District

2200 E. Devon Avenue, Suite 319
DesPlaines, IL 60018

CDTA is partnering with the Chicago Park District (CPD) in 5 parks in the city to introduce high quality USTA instruction as part of the day camp activities. We are excited to offer this tennis instruction to some children who might not otherwise be introduced to the game. The program will run for 6 weeks beginning on June 25. The 5 parks participating in this first-year pilot are: Welles, Peterson, Hollywood, Warren, and River. More than 80 total hours of instruction/week will be provided across the 5 parks. Groups of 20-40 campers will rotate through tennis instruction for 2- 4 hours every day. CDTA will provide staff at 4 parks one day/week; given the size of enrollment at Welles Park, there will be 2 days of instruction/week at that location. In addition, CDTA will participate in training of all of CPD’s camp counselors, allowing them to gain some ability to provide tennis activities during non-instruction time periods. CDTA instructors will also train counselors at the 5 camps during the instruction period so they are equipped to promote tennis during non-instruction time periods. Participants will range in age from 6 to 15. CDTA is providing this instruction at no cost to the CPD; in exchange, CPD is providing CDTA limited access to use the courts during non-camp times. The tennis instruction will be free of charge to families of the camp; there is no additional fee added on to the camp registration.

Friends of CICS South Side Tennis

1310 East 96th Street Suite 100
Indianapolis, In 46240

Each year the South Side Junior Tennis Camp tries to roll out something new in order to keep the interest of the children as well as raise of level of what we are offering. At the same time, we also want to continue to offer consistency in our programming. This summer, we will be having two sessions of four weeks. These will consist of hour sessions where we will split the ages and skill levels into groups to allow them to work on the basics of tennis and fundamentals. The more advanced group will spend more time with our coaches to focus on specific drills. This year we will be adding a Team Challenge on the last day of each session. This is an introduction to more structured level of playing that teaches players teamwork, sportsmanship and where they can go with tennis.

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)

27864 Irma Lee Circle #101
Lake Forest, IL 60045

GLASA’s wheelchair tennis program reaches 50 individuals with physical disabilities and provides programming 45+ weeks per year. Program participants represent a diverse range of ages, abilities, and experience levels. The tennis program includes two key components- on-going weekly practices and learn to play tennis days. Sports wheelchairs are available to all participants who need to utilize adaptive equipment to participate.

On-going weekly practices: 10 individuals participate in GLASA’s weekly tennis practices. which last for 2 hours each Saturday afternoon. Recreational/new athletes learn the basics of the game while more advanced athletes prepare for competitions. High-quality coaching is provided by Mike Carrico and adult/experience athletes help to mentor and support younger and more inexperienced athletes. Attendees learn the rules of the game and develop their skills. Tennis skills and chair skill development help athletes to achieve their goals. Tennis practice takes place over 45 weeks per year.

Jewish Council for Youth Services

150 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 640
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60601

At JCYS Jon Vegosen Champ Camp (JV Champ Camp), low-income Hispanic children from the Highwood community in Illinois enjoy a traditional summer sports camp experience that introduces them to healthy lifestyle habits. Through a wide variety of activities, campers learn not only the fundamentals of tennis and swimming, but also learn about nutrition and healthy food while building confidence, self-esteem, and life skills. The camp reaches children at risk of obesity, aiming to reverse the trend towards summer weight gain among vulnerable children and instead instill enjoyment of physical activity and fresh, nutritious food.

In April 2019, the JCYS Board of Directors expects to finalize the sale of one of the agency’s properties, Camp Henry Horner. This will allow the agency to allocate increased organizational resources to other programs, including JV Champ Camp. This year, JCYS has hired a new director of the Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center (“The Lil’”), Jordyn Cohen, who will work in conjunction with Micky Baer, the Director of North Shore Operations, and our returning Tennis Specialist, Coach Kim Kehl.

Love To Serve, Inc. Tennis and Education Foundation

3400 West 111th Street
Unit 408
Chicago, IL 60655

The basic program plan is designed to expose and teach youth from ages 5 years old to 17 years old the basic skills necessary to play tennis. Our program is designed to incorporate the essential elements of youth development (communication, collaboration, problem solving, personal mindset, community awareness and planning for success ) in the delivery of our daily lessons.

The following facilities will be utilized for the proposed program:

Kroc Center Chicago (indoor and outdoor)
West Pullman/Roseland Community
1250 West 119th Street

Solorio Chicago (indoor and outdoor)
Gage Park/West Lawn Communities
5300 South St. Louis

Maywood Tennis Association

P.O. Box 333
Maywood, Illinois 60153

Our Summer Youth Tennis Program is a free, nine-week program that will be held Saturdays beginning June 1 through August 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The participants will be kids ages 6 to 18 who live in Maywood, IL and surrounding communities. In 2018, 94% of the participants were African-American and Hispanic, with 58% girls and 65% ages 10 and under. We are the only free youth tennis program in the Chicago West Side suburbs.

Tennis Opportunity Program (TOP)

332 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 1032, #T530
Chicago, IL 60604

TOP’s mission is to nurture participants in becoming exceptional individuals and community leaders. TOP’s primary goal is to enable underserved, at-risk youth to maximize their potential on and off the tennis court, and, ultimately, to achieve a college education – as our motto states, “a tennis theme, a college dream.” TOP provides financial aid and human resources that will empower participants to excel as students, tennis players, and world-class citizens. We currently have 32 children from the Chicagoland area on TOP scholarships for the 2019 year. They range in ages from 8 years old to 17 years old.

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