The XS Tennis and Education Foundation provides Chicago’s underserved youth with an enriching after school safe-haven and athletic/academic pathway to college.

Programs

Tennis Program

Tennis Programs

XS Tennis provides private and group tennis instruction for ages 3 through adult, from beginner and recreational groups to the XS High Performance Junior Academy and adult leagues. Classes run September through May, with private instruction year-round. All classes and lessons are taught by certified tennis professionals, many of whom played in college or have been on the professional tennis circuit.
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Tennis Program

Summer Programs

XSTEF Summer Camps provide local youth and tennis players with a safe, outdoor learning environment that fosters respect, hard work, and fun. XS STEM & Sports Camp and XS High Performance Tennis Camp run every day from 9am to 4pm from June through August, with before and after care available. XSTEF Summer Camps are held outdoors at the Lake Meadows Tennis Center and indoors at XS Tennis.
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Tennis Program

Academic Programs

XSTEF offers free tutoring and homework support to XS players from pre-K through 12th grade from 4pm-7pm Monday through Thursday during the academic year, September through May. Other programs include SAT/ACT preparation and the Winning Words Initiative. Support is provided by the University of Chicago Civic Knowledge project.
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Tennis Program

In-School Programs

Through the free Tennis XSpress program, XSTEF brings rackets, tennis balls, and portable nets into CPS gymnasiums for in-school beginner tennis programs taught by XS tennis professionals. The Tennis XSpress program currently serves 10 CPS schools throughout Chicago’s South Side. Programming is provided to CPS schools free of charge through a generous grant from Ariel Investments.
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Accomplishments

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$4.1MM
College Scholarships
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4K
Hours Free Tutoring
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2K
CPS Students Served
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100%
College Acceptance
& Graduation

XS TENNIS VILLAGE

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  • 112,000 square foot athletic and enrichment center
  • servicing 5,000+ urban youth and community members
  • indoor & outdoor tennis, basketball & track
  • fitness & performance centers
  • mens & women’s locker rooms
  • academic tutoring
  • youth mentoring
  • health & wellness education
  • community activity rooms
  • computer learning center
  • café & library
  • wifi throughout

Capital Campaign

In partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), XSTEF has acquired 13.5 acres of land in the Washington Park community to construct the 112,000-square-foot XS Tennis Village. Located near areas in need of safe, positive programs through which youth can receive enrichment within their own community, the XS Tennis Village will serve athletes and the local community, from pre-K through adults.

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News

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May 21, 2014

$9.8M Tennis Facility Planned for Chicago’s South Side

CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and XS Tennis announced the creation of a $9.8 million, 112,000-square-foot “world class tennis facility” housing 10 courts, a fitness center, a running track and even classrooms…
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May 23, 2014

Tennis takes Taylor Townsend from Englewood to Paris

CHICAGO — At XS Tennis in the Kenwood neighborhood, Taylor Townsend, 18, was home — at the South Side tennis center where she has spent many hours, in the vicinity of her childhood homes in Englewood and Chatham…
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December 11, 2013

Mean Streets to Hardcourts for Chicago Youth Tennis Program

CHICAGO — Inside an LA Fitness health club on the South Side of Chicago, dozens of young tennis players vied for space in the cramped five-court complex on a brisk fall afternoon…
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November 14, 2013

Famed Tennis Coach Bollettieri Lobs Support to XS Foundation

CHICAGO— At an event to raise funds for a new XS Tennis facility, Mr. Bollettieri, who trained tennis greats Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Serena and Venus Williams, mingled with guests and taught classes to the young players…
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