Our mission is to help junior tennis players reach their full potential as tennis players and as human beings. It is the goal of the Austin Tennis Academy to develop citizens of significance, not only of success. The entire ATA community – students, parents, and staff – is living the sport of tennis.
The passion to pursue excellence in life skills and in the sport of tennis produces exemplary results. Our students are well prepared to take their game to the highest level, be it collegiate tennis or further. And they are well prepared for the challenges that life and career may bring them. The Austin Tennis Academy staff has consistently developed student-athletes to become top ranked junior players and scholarship-ready collegians.
ATA CEO Jack Newman exemplifies the philosophy and approach of the Austin Tennis Academy during this legendary beginning-of-season speech.
We give back to the community through our work with A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, by helping to fulfill its mission. ATA players, parents and coaches have raised funds to drill numerous water wells, and to help build educational and medical facilities in the dry Tigray region of Ethiopia.
The Playing for Glimmer campaign is an opportunity for students to participate in and contribute to something bigger than themselves. As part of ATA’s commitment to raise $1 million in 20 years, this campaign has raised $500,000 during the past 7 years.
Each year, our community members serve as volunteer support to A Glimmer of Hope’s Camp Glimmer. Last year alone, this seven week summer camp, served 250 at-risk children in East and South Austin. Two-thirds of the children were from the Boys & Girls Club of Austin and one-third of the children were from Lifeworks, an organization which serves severely at-risk children from abusive homes.
The mission of Camp Glimmer is to build a bridge across I-35 by exposing at-risk, underprivileged children to positive life enhancing experiences through sports, team building, activities, and motivational speakers, such as former University of Texas Quarterback, Major Applewhite.
The camp is held on the property of the Philip and Donna Berber family’s 30 acre estate on Lake Travis. Children participate in such activities as tennis, basketball, soccer, volleyball, pottery making, arts and crafts, and reading. The children also enjoy trips to such places as Sea World and Schlitterbahn. All Camp Glimmer activities are geared toward fostering self esteem and respect.
This past summer, A Glimmer of Hope spent approximately $40,000 to cover Camp Glimmer meals, transportation and professional staffing by the Boys & Girls Club of Austin and Lifeworks.