Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, Inc.

Building Life Champions

aka WTEF   |   Washington, DC   |  www.wtef.org

Mission

WTEF’s mission is to build life champions. We give children and youth a safe environment they trust, where they can excel. We empower them to achieve their highest potential by developing meaningful values and critical skills that lead them to life-long success.

Ruling year info

1956

President & CEO

John Borden

Main address

Northwest Campus 16th & Kennedy St NW

Washington, DC 20011 USA

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EIN

52-6046504

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Our programs

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

Arthur Ashe Children's Program (AACP)

AACP is a free out-of-school-time (OST) education, life-skills and tennis program located on 13 DCPS elementary schools for children living in low-income, high risk communities. AACP operates four days a week from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. throughout the school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Low-income people

An intensive academic and tennis program for students in grades 1-12, meeting five days a week during the academic year. CFE students receive academic testing and curriculum, mentoring and counseling, tennis instruction, and tennis competition.

Population(s) Served

A range of programs that serve DC residents from pre-school through adults at our East Capitol Center. Our flagship community program is Tennis Tots, which provides free, weekly tennis lessons to children ages 2-5 who attend pre-schools in Ward 7; the program contributes to kindergarten readiness for 350 children a year. We also provide free weekly tennis classes to 100 students at the SEED Public Charter School and serve as a resource for adults with free classes in tennis and Zumba, health outreach services and a gathering space for community groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Athletics -focused summer program held from 8-4 every weekday from the week after school ends through mid-August. The emphasis is on learning and playing tennis, with two hours a day devoted to independent reading or tutoring in math and reading.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to (1) provide a safe place for children and youth during risky afterschool hours; (2) improve their educational skills and future prospects; and (3) increase their physical activity and wellness. In the long term, WTEF seeks to empower students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices.

WTEF uses best practices in afterschool programming. Thirty years of research on afterschool programs have identified indicators that make a high quality program; these include challenging activities, quality homework time, staff engagement, positive youth engagement, family relationships, and appropriate space. WTEF is one of a handful of only four afterschool organizations in the District that score high on all six indicators.

The program design is based on a large body of research that shows a strong link between academics and exercise. Physically active students have been found to score higher on standardized tests and get better grades, particularly in math and reading. A report in 2013 by the United States Tennis Association shows that tennis in particular provides a unique advantage; tennis players spend more time doing homework, get better grades, have college aspirations and significantly lower rates of disciplinary measures than other students. WTEF believes that tennis fosters values that can change the life of a child – values such as resilience, grit, perseverance, optimism and conscientiousness.

An experienced team of professional educators and tennis coaches works with children and youth to build their academic, life skills and tennis skills.

Our Board of Directors includes leading business men and women from the community, who provide strategic direction and financial oversight.

An experienced executive staff guides day-to-day operations.

We have established a remarkable record of success. For the past 20 years, all of the high school seniors in our Center for Excellence Program have graduated and gone on to college or university, often with academic and/or athletic scholarships. More than 97% of the students in our Arthur Ashe Children's Program advance to the next grade every year.

We know, however, that there are many more children and youth who need our help.

Financials

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Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jackie Bradford

NBC4 Washington / WRC and Telemundo Washington / WZDC, NBC Sports Washington

Term: 2024 - 2020

Dalbert Ginsberg

Ginsberg Helfer & Boyd, PLLC

Peter Davidson

Verizon

Anne Keiser

Formerly with National Geographic

Marcella Jones

Giving Back Jones Family Foundation

Yvette Alexander

DC City Council

DD Eisenberg

Volunteer

Andy Vermilye

Fidelity Investments

Diane O'Toole

The Spectrum Group

James Ritzenberg

SR Management Company

Marcia Carlucci

No Affiliation

David Wilmot

Harmon and Wilmot LLP

John Breaux

Patton Boggs

Thomas Kuhn

Edison Electric Institute

Jackie Bradford

NBC4

Sarah Jackson

Microsoft Corporation

Manuel Ortiz

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shrek

Kenneth Edmonds

National Football League

Jennifer Messer

General Counsel, City of Fishers, State of Indiana.

John Borden

Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

Shaza L. Andersen

Washington First Bank

Anthony Applewhaite

Brunswick Group LLC

Connie Bertram

Polsinelli.

Andy Blocker

Invesco Ltd.

Ralph Caccia

Wiley Rein LLP

Drew Cantor

Peck Madigan Jones

Bryan Corbett

Carlyle

Raymond Cox

Volunteers in Medicine

Habib Debs

Advanced Technology Systems Co

Jon Decker

Fox News Radio

David Gollob

Barnes International, Inc.

Diane Lewis

Washington Fine Properties

Stephanie Lilley

Volunteer

Doug Lowenstein

Convergency LLC

Andrea Rice

CareerCore

Thomas L. Riesenberg

Ernst & Young, LLP

Terry Rusch

U.S. Department of State

H’Cone Thompson

St. Albans Tennis Club

Daniel Waldman

Arnold & Porter

Joe Weissfeld

Families USA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male

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