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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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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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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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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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#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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Making Dreams Come True

The ACE Project was invited by the USTA Foundation to attend the Spring 2018 Capacity Building Training in Orlando, Florida. Though it might not sound like the place where dreams come true, members of the ACE team gathered with organizations from across the country to discuss how best to make childhood dreams become a reality. 

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