Accomplishments

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XS Tennis is America’s largest minority-owned tennis program, and has sent more minorities to Division 1 schools with tennis scholarships than any other tennis organization in the nation. 100% of XS high school players have gone on to college, 100% are persisting in college, and 100% are graduating from college.

Through the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, XS has provided free in-school programming to CPS schools, and free tutoring and educational programming to XS student-athletes. We invite you to read more about our key accomplishments on our students’ roads to success:

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Student-Athletes

XS Student-Athletes are given the tools, support and motivation to succeed both on the court and in the classroom. The XS model of promoting both academic and athletic achievement in an environment of mutual respect, hard work, collaboration, high expectations and goal-setting helps XS student-athletes envision and realize a path for athletic and academic success on the road to college. Instruction by high-level professional tennis coaches dedicated to students’ success is supplemented by on-site tutoring provided by the University of Chicago and programs such as the Winning Words Initiative, a program providing XS students the opportunity for self-reflection, self-expression and personal growth.

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In-School

XSTEF is dedicated to reaching and providing opportunities to Chicago’s community youth and neighborhood CPS schools. As budget cuts jeopardize physical education programs, XSTEF, with generous support from Ariel Investments, provides CPS schools with a free, in-school tennis program that not only introduces K-3rd grade students to the sport of tennis, but also provides children with the extra physical activity necessary to growing bodies and minds. For those students who show interest in tennis, they are encouraged to become a part of the XS Tennis after school program, where tennis programs and academic support come together in the winning XS model of successful, college-bound XS Student-Athletes.

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Summer

Every summer, XSTEF provides affordable, full-time summer programs for local urban youth. The esteemed XS High Performance Tennis Camp is an intensive tennis program for tournament players seeking to improve their game. The XS Sports & STEM camp is for local youth interested in an active summer program where sports such as tennis, basketball, volleyball and baseball are supplemented by field trips and academic enrichment in science, technology, engineering and math. Coaching is provided by XS’s professional coaching staff and counselor jobs are provided to local area youth through After School Matters.