USTA awards Breakpoint outstanding Community Tennis Association and Outstanding Diversity Acheivement
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Our mission: Building positive self-esteem, confidence, and a pathway to post-secondary success for under resourced youth through in-school, after school and summer tennis and educational programs.

Summer tennis & reading camps

Summer fun on and off the tennis court, keeping minds and bodies active over summer recess. Players of all levels welcome.

June 10, 2024 - August 2, 2024 @ Mathews Dickey Club (BGCSTL)

Intensive intermediate/advanced summer tennis academy with academic learning activities provided (SLPL Summer Reading, Nine PBS' Drawn In, STEM activities).

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June 8, 2024 - August 4, 2024 @ The Highlands Golf & Tennis Center (Red/Orange/Green Ball)

Clay court tennis fun and books and resources shared by Nine PBS and St. Louis Public Library. Sponsored by Dana Brown Charitable trust.

Orange and Green ball progression tennis training focused on younger players 4- to 11-year-olds. Red/Orange ball camp is for kids 4 to 8 of all levels who are using a 19”-25” racket and learning tennis fundamentals, strokes, footwork and coordination. The focus will be on hand feeding the ball, tennis games, and fitness. Green ball camp will focus on advanced players ages 5 to 7 and beginner players 8-11. Kids will learn to hit with racket head speed and hit from the base line. Each camp day will focus on 1.5-2 hours of tennis, 1 hour of reading, art, and related games, and 30 minutes of time to socialize with friends and peers. Snacks, water, and sports drinks will be provided.

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June 8, 2024 - August 4, 2024 @ The Highlands Golf & Tennis Center (Green/Yellow Ball)

Clay court tennis training and academic learning with books resources shared by Nine PBS and St. Louis Public Library. Sponsored by Dana Brown Charitable trust.

Green and yellow ball progression tennis training designed for intermediate/advanced 11- to 17-year-olds (beginners welcome). Green and yellow ball camp will focus on footwork, Consistency, accuracy, zone play, serve, Volley, attack/recovery, mental toughness and match play strategy. Our fitness program is focused on testing the student’s improvements in the areas of speed, agility, endurance, strength, and flexibility. Our goal is to improve the student’s current strength and areas of improvements and prepare them physically and mentally for match play. Each camp day will focus on 2 hours of tennis, 45 min of STEM programming or independent reading, and 30 minutes of time to rest and socialize. Snacks, water, and sports drinks will be provided.

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June 11, 2024 - August 1, 2024 @ Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club

June 14, 2024 - July 26, 2024 @ Dwight Davis Tennis Center

June 10, 2023 - August 6, 2024 @ Tandy Park

School Year Tennis & Education Programs

Coaches provide tennis clinics one to four days per week in-school and/or after-school for youth at select schools and boys and girls clubs. The goal of the program is to expose kids and families to tennis, promote reading, and build a recruitment pool of candidates for Breakpoint's Breakout Indoor and Junior Team Tennis program while providing sports-based youth development focused on social/emotional learning.

Tennis & Reading Program @ St. Louis Catholic Academy

Tennis instruction, life skills with a focus on social/emotional, and the "Drawn In" literacy Power Hour presented in partnership with Nine PBS.

Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tennis Club @ Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) Elementary

Wednesdays (2:40-3:50)

Tennis Club @ City Academy STL

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Tennis & Life Skills @ Mathews Dickey Club

Monday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tennis & Life Skills @ Gene Slay Girls' & Boys' Club

Tennis and life skills instruction offered.

Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM (Dutchtown campus) Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM (Soulard campus)

Junior Challenge Ladder Programs

Our Junior Challenge Ladder program is designed to encourage healthy, fun competition and match play practice among players enrolled in our programs.

Tournament Training Ladder (Starts May 18, 2024) @ Neighborhood Courts

This internal ladder/ranking system is for match play ready players. Participants must be enrolled in our programs. The ladder is designed for players currently competing in sanctioned tournaments or with ambition to play sanctioned tournaments and develop UTR/WTN ratings. Players competing in Junior Team Tennis and/or playing 10 and under junior circuit tournaments who have not had a chance to play in sanctioned tournaments are encouraged to participate. Challenge matches played between players affect ladder position. Players/parents are responsible for determining match time and court locations.

Any match completed between these players must be reported to and recorded by the Ladder Coordinator (ben@breakpointacademy.org). Matches must be completed and at least a 6 game set. If a player challenges and defeats a player above them on the ladder, that player is moved directly above the player he/she defeated and the loser moves down one spot, as well as all players who were ranked between the two players.

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Our Sponsors

Body Armor Florence Heiman Sterling Bank Yonex Racketman Fast Track USTA Foundation Forever Tennis
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Danforth III
Don and Susannah Danforth Family Fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation
James and Gayle Messina Charitable Fund
Lee & Janet Rodgers Charitable Fund
John Allan Love Charitable Foundation

Our Community Partners

Frontenac Matthews Dickey City Academy Saint Louis Public Library Gene Slay Saint Louis Pulic Schools