Arthur Ashe Children’s Program

The Arthur Ashe Children’s Program (AACP) serves children in first through eighth grades, in their communities at approximately 20 DC public elementary and middle schools in Northeast and Southeast DC. Founded in 1992, the AACP provides an effective afterschool program, combining academics, tennis and life skills activities to help youth living in DC's neediest neighborhoods. External studies have proven that children in the AACP have significantly higher school promotion rates and significantly lower absence rates than students in the general school population.

The AACP is held from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm four days a week, and operates in tandem with the school calendar, from early September through mid-June. The curriculum is competition-based. Students learn and practice academic and tennis skills, as well as general life skills, and then meet with other AACP school teams for three special competitions each year—the Academic Competition, Life Skills Competition (student written and produced skits on a given topic) and Tennis Championships.

To enroll please contact Jeff Thomas, at 202-291-9888, ext. 301.

Watch children at Edgewood Elementary perform their life skills skit!

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