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A's & Aces in Tennis Magazine's "Heroes Issue" - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A’s & Aces

TENNIS Magazine's second annual "Heroes Issue" recently recognized A's & Aces for its dedication to improving the lives of New Orleans young people.Founded in 2008 in New Orleans, A's & Aces began serving 30 children. The organization served over 1,000 students in 2014, mostly due to growing support from the community. The name "A’s & Aces” was chosen to represent our student-athlete model and an emphasis on excellence in the classroom and on the courts. Programs are designed to address several crises that particularly afflict New Orleans: illiteracy, violence/values, and obesity. The number of children regularly impacted has steadily increased each year, andabout 1,000 children now participate annually. Staff regularly works withover 750 children through our in-school, after-school, school-break and weekend programseach weekthroughout the academic year, and over 150 in summer literacy and tennis camps. In 2014, the A’s & Aces program had 34 students in USTA-Sanctioned tournaments and 20 of them ranked throughout the state of Louisiana. One of these students, Co-founder, Anna Monhartova, said "It is the inspiration I get from the growing list of participants, volunteers, and partners at A’s & Aces that keeps me committed.”


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