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At the Austin Tennis Academy, our students, parents, and entire Austin Tennis Academy are living the sport of tennis. Our mission is to help junior tennis players reach their full potential as tennis players and human beings. It is the goal of the Austin Tennis Academy to develop citizens of significance, not only of success.
And, through the ATA's work with A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, we give back to the community by helping that organization fulfill its mission.
One example of this difference is the funds raised by the players, parents and coaches to have numerous wells drilled in the dry Tigray region of Ethiopia.
The results of this passion to the pursuit of life skills and to the sport of tennis are clear.
Our academy students are better prepared for to take their game to a higher level, be it collegiate tennis or further. And they are better prepared for the challenges they'll face in whatever career they pursue.
Parents considering tennis academies, need to consider the track record of the coaching staff. The Austin Tennis Academy staff has consistently developed their students to become top ranked juniors and scholarship-ready collegians.
A Glimmer of Hope's Camp Glimmer is a seven week summer camp, which this past summer 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. ATA provides volunteer assistants, including coaches and players, for the tennis activities; however, professional staffing is also always required for the children, especially the severely at-risk and abused children.