Tennis for America

A life changing year-of-service program designed for former college tennis players

Tennis for America

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) – in conjunction with AmeriCorps VISTA and nationally recognized USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) organizations – is working to help tackle poverty through tennis in the United States. Tennis For America VISTA Fellows are placed throughout the country to utilize their elite tennis backgrounds and academic credentials to add significant value to the organizations who are making tremendous impacts with their communities. The first year of this project was successfully launched in June 2020 with eight VISTA’s working at four host sites in CA, IL, NY and MD.

The third year, currently underway, sees Tennis For America VISTA Fellows placed at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland; BYTE in Oakland California; Inspiring Children Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada;; Youth Tennis San Diego in San Diego, California; and TeamFAME in Newport, Rhode Island.


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Meet our fellows.

Class of 2021

Ivan Derrick

Occidental College

Gabby Hesse

Florida Southern College

Gianna Insogna

Fordham University

Emily Lombardi

Fairfield University

Natalia Munoz

California State University, Long Beach

Justin Samples

Morehouse College

Ava Todd

Davidson College

Class of 2022

Clare O'Keefe

Endicott College

Andre Mercado

St. Edward's University

Zayra Rivera

University of San Francisco

Ginger Valentine

Gustavus Adolphus College

Class of 2023

Maria Cioffi

Bucknell University

Alison Daigle

Curry College

Nikhil Gangoli

University of Pennsylvania

Zeena Khazendar


Adrian Laudani

University of San Francisco

Makeilah Turner

Ouachita Baptist University

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