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
Winner Wonderland: Jayden

You can’t put a value on a smile, but you can see how one can brighten up everything around it. Take Jayden’s smile, for instance. As Coach Konczal points out, Jayden’s smile lights up the gym. See how.

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Nevaeh

The Winner Wonderland series continues with a story from Roosevelt Elementary in Dolton. Coach Benedict, a recent addition to the ACE team, shares her experience on the court with 2nd grader Nevaeh in this edition!

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Susan Klumpner
Winner Wonderland: Jeremiah and Jessica

We are kicking off our Winner Wonderland series with a story from Coach Janet Eaker from Washington Elementary School, featuring two former ACE-ers, Jeremiah and Jessica, who continue to shine on and off the court by helping their younger peers learn new skills.

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Susan Klumpner
We're Dreaming of Empowering Kids, Families, and Communities

The ACE Project has a lot to be thankful for in 2018, but the year is far from over! We are thrilled to share that our anonymous donor who provided matching funds last year has returned. And they brought a friend: USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation! That's right, we have an $8,000 match goal to hit by the end of December, and you can help us ring in the new year by making a donation today.

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Susan Klumpner
The 5 W's (and H) of the Parent Mentor Program

The ACE Project has been so fortunate to work alongside parents in our communities to benefit our programs, and with the Parent Mentor Program, we will take a crucial step forward toward better parent engagement. What is this program, though? Why is it important? How will we pull it off? Don’t worry! We have the answers!

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Baltimore's Big Break

The summer months in the Chicagoland area were heating up with all the activities around the Art Courts renovation project, but that doesn't mean our Baltimore youth watched the summer pass by without any tennis!

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Return the Serve 2018: A Major Win

Following the unveiling of the renovated Art Courts in Riverdale, The ACE Project had an opportunity to partner with the United States Tennis Association and Chase to host Return the Serve for a 3rd consecutive year. The pictures alone capture all the excitement and fun of the day, but make sure to read up on how it all came together!

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#USOpenArtCourtsxChase is So. Much. More.

Riverdale joins communities located in Miami, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and New York as part of the Art Courts initiative, a tennis court renovation project that amplifies the importance of public courts and their ability to provide youth with rich opportunities for growth, personal development, and culture.

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Served and Connected

Wow, 12 weeks went by fast! With the successful wrap of Serve and Connect in Baltimore and Chicago, we reflect on the lessons learned then consider how to sustain the relationships we established through the project.

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The Summer Upswing

Though many students jump for joy when school is excused for the summer, the children living in south suburban Chicago and Baltimore City are forced to consider their level of safety due to increased violence. How can we make a difference in young lives and save the summer through The ACE Project?

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Feature in Voyage Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories

The ACE team is the BEST team, and we had an opportunity to share this fact with Voyage Chicago in an interview recently as part of its Most Inspiring Stories series. Susan Klumpner, executive director and co-founder, answers all the essential questions about how ACE came into existence, but what keeps it running is its fabulous team! Check out the interview!

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Doing What it Takes

The ACE Project aim to strengthen our community networks by launching Serve and Connect, which will welcome local police officers into our Baltimore- and Chicago-based schools and give them the opportunity to participate in learning activities with students. In partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation, Serve and Connect kicks off at the end of February, and we can't wait for the fun to begin! 

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Coach's Corner: Ms. Janet Eaker

ACE catches up with Ms. Janet Eaker, physical education teacher at Washington Elementary School in Riverdale, to learn what motivates her as a coach and teacher. Her answers may not surprise you---the students play a major role---but Coach Eaker's heart and dedication are felt through her responses

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