The Diversity Committee serves to foster the development of tennis in diverse communities throughout the State of Louisiana and to include all members of those communities in LTA governance, as well as participation in programs, leagues and tournaments.
Southern Tennis Diversity Committee Member
A’s and Aces is an after-school program, a curriculum that uses the game of tennis to teach life skills and character development to New Orleans public school children. Students spend half of their time in the classroom and the other half on the tennis court with the coaches. In the classroom, kids learn the rules of tennis and score keeping as well as the overall discipline of being an athlete, including proper nutrition. Younger kids begin with red foam balls and the progress to the yellow tennis ball. Outside on the courts, 6 kids are assigned to each coach where they put their classroom knowledge into practice and practice applying the life skills in a competitive, athletic environment.
“Tennis is the hook,” explains co-founder David Schumacher. “We get them in through tennis because tennis is fun, but this is A’s and Aces; we’re working to promote literacy.”
The program has been extremely successful in helping the kids in New Orleans find a love of tennis and keep them disciplined in their school work.
The Louisiana Tennis Association Diversity Committee is proud to support this amazing initiative and program along with several others throughout the state!
Among over 600 NJTL chapter organizations across the country, the United States Tennis Association honored A's & Aces as the National Junior Tennis & Learning "Chapter of the Year" for 2012-13 and 2017! Tennis Industry magazine selected A's & Aces as NJTL "Chapter of the Year" again in 2017. For more information on this amazing organization please see below.
The late Lloyd Dillon Sr. was honored on Wednesday, November 4th with a city of New Orleans proclamation.
The proclamation was presented by Councilman Jay Banks of District B. It praised Mr. Dillon as a tennis icon and community ambassador. It further congratulated him for his tireless commitment to diversity.
Court number 1 at the Atkinson Stern Tennis Center was also re-named the Lloyd Dillon Sr. Court. Family and friends were in attendance for this event. The proclamation was presented to his son, Lloyd Dillon Jr.
Jim Ewers of the LTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee said, “This was a wonderful celebration for a Louisiana tennis ambassador.” Special thanks to Johnathon Ames, manager of the ASTC and a member of the D&I committee, Sonya Armstrong and Matthew Schoenberger of Councilman Banks’ staff.
On Saturday, October 24th, D&I committee members and friends participated in the Atkinson Stern clean-up day. Participants washed, scrubbed, raked and cut. As a result, the facility now has a fresh look and a lot of tender loving care. The ASTC has a storied past and a bright future. It continues to be a premier tennis training ground for families, veteran players and new players as well.
D&I members, Johnathon Ames, Cherry Baker, Reginald Barner, Austin Penny and Jim Ewers were there lending a hand.
Friends and supporters of Atkinson Stern were Louis Coleman, Deborah Ewers, Ahmad Jabari, Garry Lemar, Craig Mills, Karl Palmer, Hersey Pittman, Steve Rosenthal, Sandy Rosenthal and Benny Whitley. They were instrumental in the success and played a big role in making the clean-up event a great day.
Thanks to all who participated in this event.
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