In 1997, the Greater Atlanta Inner City Games established an after school and summer time program to bring non-traditional sports, such as tennis, golf, soccer, and gymnastics to urban youth. USTA Atlanta served as the deliver system for the tennis component.
After the GAIC changed their focus, the USTA Atlanta Board of Directors wanted to continue providing programs and formed the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation (AYTF) in 2003. In 2012, the word "Education" was added to our name to better represent the work we do on and off the tennis court and we became the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation or AYTEF.
AYTEF is one of 600 National Junior Tennis a d Lear ig Chapters (NJTL) in the United States and underneath that, one o 28 Capacity Building Chapters. The NJTL Chapters were founded on the vision of Arthur Ashe "as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in the inner cities and other poor environments so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis."
Beyond the tennis instruction, tournaments and team tennis, the after school and summer time programs include a focus on life skills and healthy lifestyles, academic support through the Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) curriculum, a National Student Athlete Competion, and scholarship opportunities for youth. Additionally, an Advance Development Program was developed to give advanced tennis instruction to the youth that show a talent and desire to excel in the sport of tennis.
Assistance with tournament and additional court hours expenses, racquets and sports equipment are provided to assist the children who would not otherwise have the opportunity in the sport.
Our aim is to impact the skills and resilience needed for youth to succeed in school and life. We strive to provide a pathway to excellence with our literacy, life skills and fitness/tennis instruction that en ables youth in our programs to engage in safe health and challenging after school and summer programs.