Match Point Community Tennis
Match Point is our signature outreach program to bring healthy, fun, physical activity through tennis to under-served youth in our target population: the 10,000 youth ages 5-18 who live and/or attend school within a 1.5 mile radius of STEC in the surrounding neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. Through Match Point, we partner with nearby Boston schools (e.g. Holmes, Lee, Middle School Academy) and community organizations (e.g. Healthworks at Codman, Playworks) to provide school-based and out-of-school-time tennis instruction, individual and team play, life-skills development, and a high risk youth initiative. Match Point served over 3,200 youth from across Boston in the 2010-2011 program year, including 150 in a “Weekend Rallies” partnership with the Boston Police Department that brings youth and families together with Boston police officers for tennis, fun and pizza on weekend afternoons and evenings, a time when youth are most vulnerable to violent crime.