Summer in the City

Do you feel the heat? The ACE Project sure does as our summer programs shine in the sun, fueled by funding from Chicago Tennis Patrons. We still need your support to ignite the season and get more ACE-ers on the courts!

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Susan Klumpner
Meant to Mentor

The first year of the Parent Mentor Program was a big success, and we are so proud of all the parents in Riverdale/Dolton who made this possible! See what the program meant to those who made the commitment to mentor.

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Susan Klumpner
All Lined Up

It’s lining up to be another incredible summer, thanks largely to our partners, like the USTA, that continue to get ACE moving. Consider the latest project taking place at Roosevelt Elementary in Dolton: a blended line addition. Say what? We are repurposing the outdoor laptop for more play!

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Post-Season Stories: Jadaiah

When our ACE-ers find their voices through exercises on and off the court, it is a transformative experience to watch. Take Coach Burnett’s word(s) for it as she describes Jadaiah’s blossoming into a social butterfly at Washington Elementary in her Post-Season Story!

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Post-Season Stories: Denim

Hooray! We’re kicking off a new youth story series, called Post-Season Stories, which will highlight the incredible efforts of our ACE-ers during the program season as told by our coaches. This first story comes from Coach Mueller at Pitts-Ashburton Elementary in Baltimore about perseverance, a new mantra, and Denim.

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The Buck Stops Here

What does your dollar do when you donate to The ACE Project? How far does it stretch when considering how many young lives it may impact or how many community adults it may hire to serve as program leaders? We turn to a long-time supporter, Ms. Marilyn Curran for her side of the racket on why she decides to ACE!

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Motown, Mo' Tennis

We are dancing on the courts as ACE brings our programs up to Motown. There has already been a lot of moving and shaking to find the community partners who will get us up and running, but have we found our rhythm? Read more!

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Training Days

What makes a good ACE coach? We believe it’s all about passion; still, it’s important for The ACE Project to provide opportunities for our coaches to ignite their passion by taking action. See how our trainings serve as the perfect spark!

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Susan Klumpner
Nurturing the Roots that Give Rise

Each step of our evolution has been made possible thanks to collaborative efforts within the communities we serve. As we grow, these partnerships become even more crucial to our success; take a look at how we have set down new roots in Baltimore to benefit more youth.

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Stepping Up Our Service

Our laces are tied up, and our rackets are strung. Our ACE-ers are ready to get on the courts! With the success of the Winner Wonderland campaign, the Spring season ahead looks even brighter. How have you helped us grow our impact? Just take a look and see.

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Winner Wonderland: Emmanuel

We are growing together at The ACE Project. Our organization continues to evolve as our young ACE-ers step up as leaders and role models for their peers. See how it came together for Emmanuel, as told by Coach Burnett from Washington Elementary.

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Terry

The Winner Wonderland campaign is reaching its end, but the inspiring stories keep coming! Like Terry’s story, as told by Coach Armour from Lincoln Elementary, which shows how young leaders are able to develop through ACE!

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Iriyanah

There is something wonderful about seeing kindergarteners on the courts, trying their best to focus on holding the tennis racket AND watching the ball AND taking a swing AND standing in place! And their smiles when they finally make contact is the cherry on the top! Just ask Coach Siller from Washington Elementary.

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Alisia

There are so many lessons to be learned through tennis, and The ACE Project loves to see how our kids apply themselves in order to grow. Alisia, in particular, has take great strides forward, and we are grateful to Coach Sanders for helping us see how!

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Diamond

With just one swing of a racket, a passion for tennis is born. In the case of Diamond, as told by Coach Garrett of Washington Elementary, that first swing almost didn’t happen. Fortunately, Diamond was able to ACE!

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Tacoma

How do you develop perseverance? One swing at a time! Coach Mueller from Pitts-Ashburton Elementary in Baltimore provides a perfect example of this through his Winner Wonderland story about young ACE-er Tacoma.

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Susan Klumpner