Nothing is more important to our partners, coaches and staff than making a difference in the communities where we live and work. Community service is more than lip service, it’s something we live and are grateful to do every day.
Below are just some of the initiatives we’re proud to be a part of throughout the year. Join us in making our communities better by supporting these efforts in any way you can. Not sure how? Contact us using the form below!
Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF)
Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF) is a charitable organization supported by the USTA. AYTEF offers free after school tennis and tutoring services at Washington Park Tennis Center for the children in the community throughout the year. They sponsor the Serve and Connect program which is a community/police engagement initiative designed to utilize tennis to bring youth and police officers together for physical activity, informal mentoring, relationship building, and the seamless delivery of life-skills curriculum. UTA tennis coaches, UTA students, and other community volunteers meet together for twelve weeks in the fall and for twelve weeks in the spring at Washington Park Tennis Center on Friday nights from 6-8 p.m. for a fun night of tennis and dinner. College teams such as Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Emory, SCAD, Morehouse, Oglethorpe and Clayton State have also volunteered to teach the children!
Ron Clark Academy
Universal Tennis Academy has been active with providing free coaching and tennis drills throughout the year for the students of the Ron Clark Academy at the Washington Park Tennis Center.
Camp Best Friends
The city of Atlanta offers a summer camp to young inner city children at Washington Park. Over a thousand youngsters participate in the summer camp. Universal Tennis Academy provides coaching and equipment for 10 weeks of camp each summer to help the children.
DreamMakers is an organization dedicated to assisting children with special needs. Universal Tennis Academy provides free coaching and equipment 3 Saturdays of the month to children with special needs. UTA coaches and students volunteer to assist the children of DreamMakers, some of whom have even advanced to compete in the Special Olympics!
Free tennis clinics are provided at Blackburn Tennis Center on 10 Saturdays each Fall and Spring. The program is very popular among participants and volunteers.
Community Tennis Events
To introduce more families to the wonderful sport of tennis, UTA has hosted several free Family Tennis events providing complimentary tennis clinics and instructions at various UTA sites such as Lost Mountain and Piedmont Park.
Special Community Clothes & Racquet Drives
At each UTA site, we have annual clothes and racket drives for families in need. Students, coaches, staff and facility patrons give to this good cause.