FREE COMMUNITY TENNIS
Average college achievement and health indicators are far lower in the communities neighboring Randall’s Island than in greater New York City and even nationwide. JMTP invests in empowering our local youth by offering free tennis classes throughout the school year.
Sessions last up to 34 weeks, serve up to 240 children each school day, and are provided on- and off-site at local public and charter schools.
Through its partnership with Sportime/JMTA, participants learn from world-class coaches and utilize state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and learning technologies. The JMTP community program is geared towards 5-8 year olds with the goal of fostering interest in the sport early enough to lead to unlimited future success.
Community program participants who demonstrate potential and desire, graduate to the JMTP excellence program, which features four hours of dynamic group training weekly. Increased personal attention, and tennis equipment are all included, with the goal of helping community players and their families prepare for long-term tennis training and success.
Excellence program coaches have been trained in our Under 10 philosophy and techniques. Working through clearly defined stages of development that follow a progression of court sizes, ball types (red, orange, green, yellow) and net heights, makes it possible for children to actually play tennis from the moment they step on a tennis court, to learn experientially, and to have fun.
COLLEGE PATHWAY & ADVANCED TRAINING
To date, JMTP has provided over 400 individual scholarships to train at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.
Through scholarship tryouts, progression through JMTP programs, and a dynamic recruiting and outreach effort, we place children from under-resourced families in the tri-state area into our ongoing academy programs. Scholarships represent the largest and longest-term investment in fulfilling our mission of removing economic and social barriers to success through tennis. Our goal is that no child with ability and interest will be denied the opportunity to receive a college education through tennis.
JMTP players have been placed into NCAA collegiate programs including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Yale, among others.