The XS Tennis and Education Foundation Mission is to provide Chicago’s underserved youth with an enriching safe-haven and positive academic/athletic pathway to college through a community-based sports and academic enrichment program. Over the coming years, XSTEF’s Mission is to introduce as many Chicago youth as possible to XSTEF’s program on the pathway to college, graduate school, and successful careers.
XSTEF provides a positive, enriching environment and program for local youth by combining athletic training and academic enrichment through the University of Chicago Civic Knowledge Project. Through its in-school, after school and summer programs, XSTEF currently reaches nearly 3,000 youth across numerous underserved Chicago communities, from Roseland to Garfield Park.
XSTEF was born of XS Tennis, a program that started in 2005 on Chicago’s South Side with five minority tennis players. Four of those first five XS players received full scholarships to college, and one, Taylor Townsend, went on to a professional tennis career. XS Tennis has since sent more minorities to Division 1 schools with tennis scholarships than any other tennis organization in the nation. XS Tennis now serves thousands of players supported by more than twenty tennis professionals, administrative staff, high school counselors and volunteers.
XS Tennis was founded by Kamau Murray in 2005. He is now the Executive Director of XSTEF. XSTEF is overseen and led by the XSTEF Board of Directors and receives vital support through key Financial and Program Supporters, Program Partners, and its Advisory Board. To learn more, please visit our Supporters page.