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Play it Forward Inner City Tennis Clinics Providing Cleveland’s youth with tennis, health, fitness, literacy, and creative expression programs to promote hope, healthy living and productive futures.
Inner City Tennis Clinics Organization ICTC is a non-profit organization serving the Cleveland community. Founded in 2010 by individuals interested in Cleveland’s at-risk youth and revitalizing the city of Cleveland. ICTC serves as a multi-component summer program offering tennis, wellness, fitness, literacy, and poetry slam to children between 6 and 18 years of age. ICTC’s Mission Statement: Providing Cleveland’s youth with tennis, heath, fitness, literacy, and creative expression programs to promote hope, healthy living and productive futures.
ICTC – How We’re Organized Additional Board Members Dave Dickenson Dickinson Insurance Dr. Ellen RomeCleveland Clinic Todd WojtkowskiCase Western Kevin CallananIMG Rudy KumpCleveland Clinic Jon PolsterBruziv Partners Dale LuzarIndependent Contractor President Joe Patrnchak Former Cleveland Clinic HR Head Executive Director Brian Smallwood Cleveland Racquet Club Professional Secretary Jim Thomas Retired Tennis Professional Treasurer Walt Oden Chagrin Valley Tennis Pro
Financial Support The Cleveland Clinic United Black Fund The Gund Foundation USTA Serves Medical Mutual of Ohio USTA Diversity Midwest Section First Merit Bank Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association USTA Midwest Section The Cleveland Foundation Talmer Bank National Junior Tennis League Case Western Reserve University
Student Needs Assessment 44, 362 Students in CMSD91.7 % Attendance54.3 % Graduation Rate Unemployment Rate 26 Year High41.5 % of Students Live Below Poverty Level60% of 8 th Grade Students Meet Reading Profiency
Development Paradigm Tennis was once a major part of the Cleveland community Cleveland hosted over 40 professional and amateur championships, four Davis Cup matches, and a professional Tennis team. Once over 120 public courts spanned the city, now fewer than 40 playable courts exist citywide. Beautification to the look of Cleveland Promoting a future educated workforce increases consideration of Cleveland for Business opportunities. Overall contributes to the attraction for potential Cleveland residents.
Multi-Component Program Literacy Tennis Wellness Fitness Poetry Slam
2014 ICTC Components LiteracyWellnessTennisPoetry SlamFitness Proud To Be A Clevelander Healthy Habit Journals East v. West Showdown Rap & Bounce Rap Stretching Dibels TestingPedometersCity MatchHaikuStrength Pre and Post Testing Financial Literacy 22 Highland Heights Tournament SonnetsSpeed Poster ContestPilates29 ATP Tournament Free VerseAgility LibraryMy PlateExhibitionsPerformanceTimed Results
Location Serving Cleveland East Side Location Thurgood Marshall
2013 TNT Tennis & Tutoring After School PROGRAM 2014 180 Students / One Site 38 Students In Highland Heights Tourney 38 Students to Western & Southern Cincy Tourney 14,400 Meals Served 750 Volunteer Hours 32% Attendance Growth 30 Students for 35 Weeks 4:00-6:00 Mon-Friday Grades Improved for All Tutees Indoor Courtime Provided on Weekends Free Shoes Earned when students hit 5,000 balls Fed Cup Team Visit Over 200 Students Attended 16,000 meals served Intro to new Literacy Curriculum 56 Students to Cincy Tourney 44 Students in Highland Heights Tourney Incorporated Sex Ed via Gund Foundation in Wellness Component Introduced CWRU STEM Program Partnered with Shepherd Institute Intro to new Fitness curriculum via Ginn Academy New Poetry Slam Battle between Instructors and students Partnered with YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited)
2014 ICTC Attendance, Retention, Student Mentoring and Ethnic Diversity 64% of the children who participated in 2013 returned for programming in 24 % increase in attendance Organization hired four former students 2014 ICTC ATTENDANCE
ICTC Staffing o Staff Increase 32 to 36 staff o Professional training prior to program start o 56% 2013 staff returned for 2014 Staff Ethnic DiversityNumber of Staff By Component
Featured on Kickin’ It With Kenny –Fox 8 Named USTA Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Organization (Midwest Section). Sent 29 children to the Professional ATP Tour Event in Cincinnati (free) ICTC students participated in the Highland Heights tennis tournament. One student won the boys 12 & under consolation. Over 20 students attended the Elton John –Billy Jean King Aids Task Force Benefit serving as ball boys and girls for the event. ICTC was featured in the Cleveland Clinic Kaleidoscope magazine. ICTC featured in newspaper articles in the Call and Post, the leader in black news for Ohio as well as the News Herald and the USTA newsletter. 2012 – City of Cleveland issued ICTC a proclamation for Outstanding Performance. Received over 1,000 hours of service by volunteers. ICTC Highlights
Community Impact A founding principle of ICTC is its support for healthy, drug-free, and violence-free lifestyles for Cleveland youth. ICTC presence has lead to a decrease in vandalism, crime, and drug and alcohol use during our eight week program. We received many letters of thanks from residents in the surrounding areas requesting to continue our program Our older participants serve as models to our younger participants, allowing them to develop a sense of responsibility and duty to their community. They serve as positive role models for these children and as influential adults that help them with decision making and problem solving in their daily lives. ICTC provides mentoring opportunities to students who had previously attended the program. ICTC hires former students after they graduate. ICTC strengthens the community by offering job opportunities which develop leadership skills for local residents.
2014 Goals Increase Retention Increase Literacy Scores Create self-awareness of physical fitness Promote self expression and confidence Exhibit healthy living via Healthcorps Build higher level tennis players Establish safe alternatives for stress relief Guide the children to learn more about self-discipline, time management and long-term goal setting
Partnerships & Collaborations ICTC IMG THE GINN ACADEMY CITY OF CLEVELAND FOREST CITY TENNIS CLUB CLEVELAND RACQUET CLUB LITERACY THRU THE ARTS YOU (YOUTH OPPORTUNITES UNLIMITED) CASE WESTERN RESERVE RACKETS FOR ROOKIES GAMMA SPORTS HEAD SPORTS
Play it Forward Inner City Tennis Clinics Providing Cleveland’s youth with tennis, heath, fitness, literacy, and creative expression programs to promote hope, healthy living and productive futures.