The Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center has received a $150,000 grant from the Tufts Medical Center.
The grant will be used to expand Sportsmen’s Volley Against Violence initiative, which is a group of programs that aim to engage youth in physical activity, provide them with strong relationships with adults, and build self-esteem.
Founded in 1961, Sportsmen’s was the first African-American nonprofit tennis club in the nation. It is committed to teaching tennis to inner-city Boston youth while positively influencing them both physically and mentally. The club has seven indoor and seven outdoor courts, a clubhouse, classrooms, and a technology center.
The Volley Against Violence initiative includes free tennis every Friday from 6-8 p.m., and free girls and boys leadership development programs every Saturday.
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