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grassroots helps kids play to win in the classroom. 

At Grassroots, we work with kids to achieve success both on and off the court. Our youth center serves as a supportive setting for program participants to get homework help, expand their knowledge through academic enrichment and receive college search guidance, financial aid and scholarship assistance and support.

Staff and volunteers support kids' academic development in several ways:

Summer Education & Enrichment Camp

Prevent summer learning loss through math, science and reading class, while also providing tennis instruction, fitness and fun.

Homework Help & Tutoring

A dedicated cadre of volunteers provide homework help and tutoring throughout the school year.

College Prep Support

Mentoring our high school-aged students through the college search, SAT, application and financial aid processes. 

Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

Annual contest with themes from the life of Arthur Ashe has produced seven Grassroots' Northeast Regional winners in 2012 and two National winners in 2011.

A.C.E Curriculum

The USTA Academic Creative Engagement™ (A.C.E.) combines the sport of tennis with experiential activities that advance educational outcomes as well as problem-solving and decision-making strategies while promoting teamwork and family involvement.

“Grassroots helps me in the classroom by providing tutors and school supplies. If I have any trouble in a subject, they help me understand. Grassroots doesn’t only help in the classroom, but also in life. They help in the long run by showing us life skills we should have in the future. On and off the court, we learn to be respectful and have good sportsmanship as well as being prepared.”
- Malaury Bien-Aime
11th grader at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
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