Human Services

Innercity Tennis Foundation

aka ICT

Minneapolis, MN


InnerCity Tennis Foundation's mission is to develop and unleash the potential of youth on and off the tennis court by engaging and serving a supportive community. We reach approximately 5,000 young people each year, ages 3 to 18, including at-risk kids, children of color and children from low-income families all over Minneapolis. Our free-of-charge programs and scholarships for our fee-based programs ensure that InnerCity Tennis programming is available to all children, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. John Wheaton

Main Address

4005 Nicollet Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55409 USA


tennis, youth, recreation, at-risk, under-served, Minnesota, Minneapolis, St. Paul, kids, young people, character





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

At InnerCity Tennis we address challenges for youth relating to health and education, and gaps in opportunities for participation in activities. With regard to health, 28% of Minnesota youth are overweight or obese (The Trust for America's Health, 2017). We strive to instill a love of physical activity and teach students about nutrition to build a foundation for health and wellness. According to the MN Report Card 2017, 2 in 5 Minneapolis students are not proficient in math or reading. That is why ICT supports students' education with customized lesson plans developed in conjunction with our schools and partners in the community. Furthermore, research shows that low income students in the Twin Cities are far less likely to be engaged in enrichment opportunities than higher income students (MN Dept. of Education 2016). For this reason, ICT aims to remove barriers to participation through no-charge programs and scholarships for our fee-based programs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Super Saturdays Program

Summer Tennis in the Parks Program

Schools Outreach

Cities Academy

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Our Results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Context notes

InnerCity Tennis tracks youth served through our programs, including: Super Saturdays, Summer Parks, Cities Academy, Schools & Partners Outreach and One Time Camps and Events.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Context notes

InnerCity Tennis tracks the value of free-of-charge programs and scholarships for youth.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our mission is to develop and unleash the potential of youth on and off the tennis court by engaging and serving a supportive community. We believe that every kid needs and deserves a coach-mentor, the encouragement of a team and a welcoming community. For more than 65 years, we have offered programs that use tennis to tap into the deep potential within each child through no-fee and scholarship-eligible youth programs. Our coaches and volunteers engage kids in a fun, safe environment to instill mental, physical and values-based tools that serve them on and off the court. We teach essential life skills and promote healthy habits, growth in personal character, and a commitment to lifelong learning and community service. The skills and personal values that youth participants develop through our programs can serve them throughout their entire lives. Our goal is to expand our reach into the most underserved communities in Minneapolis, especially the Northside.

We offer programs to increase access to tennis in schools and neighborhood parks throughout Minneapolis, while our tennis center programs give underserved youth and families the chance to try tennis in a remarkable facility. Our programming ranges from no-fee, one-time drop in programs to intensive training for players with the talent and drive to become elite high school or college competitors. Each year we reach over 5,000 youth, ages 3 to 18, including at-risk kids, children of color, children from low-income families, and children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. ICT offers: Summer Tennis in the Parks- a 7-week program in parks across the city, including tennis, nutrition lessons & life skills development ICT in the Schools- ICT delivers no-charge programs to schools and partners where the vast majority of kids are on free/reduced lunch Super Saturdays- designed for fun and fitness for kids 3-18, offered 24 times/year Cities Academy- year-round, intensive tennis training

ICT has been serving Minneapolis youth since 1952. In that time our organization has developed significant experience and expertise in youth development and programming. ICT is fortunate to have dedicated, professional coaches and staff, and a committed group of volunteers to achieve our goals. ICT is led by Executive Director, John Wheaton, who has dedicated his career to tennis coaching, management, and education. Our tennis staff are certified teaching pros, who instill our core values in everything we do. Those values are teamwork, responsibility, service, perseverance, integrity, respect and enthusiasm. Our outreach staff includes a licensed teacher, who works closely with schools and partners to developed customized curriculums to best serve our youth participants. Our Board of Directors includes legendary tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri, and leaders in their fields who provide strong financial oversight and leadership for the organization.

At InnerCity Tennis, we regularly track youth participation figures across each of our programs, including tennis center programs (e.g. Cities Academy, Super Saturdays) and outreach programs (e.g. schools and partner sites, and Summer Tennis in the Parks) to gauge our impact and to ensure that we continue to reach a diverse community of youth. Our certified tennis pros are trained to develop and assess youth in their tennis skills progressions. Our licensed teacher regularly monitors lesson plan results through pre- and post-assessments to ensure that our efforts are enhancing education. We also assess how well students are developing character by building lessons and "challenges of the day" focused on our 7 core values. A critical aspect of tracking our progress is gathering feedback from participants and their families, as well as faculty and administrators at our schools and partner locations.

Since 1952 we have served more than 80,000 youth. In 2017, ICT served 5,400 youth, including: 1,600 through Schools & Partners; 1,000 through Summer Tennis in the Parks; 1,500 through Super Saturdays; 1,000 through Cities Academy; and 300 through one time camps and events. Through our outreach programs we reach a racially and ethnically diverse community as follows: 51% African American & Black; 29% Hispanic & Latino; 6% Caucasian; 3% Asian; 1% Native American; 9% other; and 1% unknown. In 2017 ICT provided $120,000+ in youth scholarships and 320 days of junior programming to ensure that our programs are broadly accessible. Our results have earned InnerCity Tennis a 4-star rating through the USTA Foundation's National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network. Additionally, InnerCity Tennis is one of only 13 programs in the U.S. with an Excellence Team, which is supported by the USTA Foundation. Our goals include further expansion into N. Minneapolis to reach more underserved kids.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis and Learning network - 4 Star Chapter



Innercity Tennis Foundation

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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