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Learning Excellence Through Tennis (LETT)

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LETT is a program of the Birmingham Area Tennis Association, Inc. that has been "improving children's lives through tennis and education" since 1998. The LETT program involves in-school, after-school, and summer opportunities for thousands of Birmingham area youth, and develops the character of young people by emphasizing the life and ideals of Arthur Ashe.
"Our idea is to use tennis as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in the inner cities and other poor environments so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis... Through tennis, lives can be changed and spirits reclaimed."

- Arthur Ashe


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LETT is a program of the Birmingham Area Tennis Association, Inc. that has been "improving children's lives through tennis and education" since 1998. The LETT program involves in-school, ... Read More >>
LETT is a program of the Birmingham Area Tennis Association, Inc. that has been "improving children's lives through tennis and education" since 1998. The LETT program involves in-school, after-school, and summer opportunities for thousands of Birmingham area youth, and develops the character of young people by emphasizing the life and ideals of Arthur Ashe.

"Our idea is to use tennis as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in the inner cities and other poor environments so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis... Through tennis, lives can be changed and spirits reclaimed."

- Arthur Ashe

After School Program:

This program works toward improving the fitness level of the participants and teaching basic tennis skills. Tennis provides a way to exercise, learn sportsmanship, and teamwork; it is the hook that motivates children to participate in other program activities. Lessons are available for any after school site or recreational center. LETT has portable nets that can be set up in school gymnasiums or any flat top.

In School Program:
LETT instructors help introduce tennis to students who would otherwise be unlikely to play. Instructors also loan racquets, balls, and portable nets to physical education teachers, which allows them to prepare their students for the Elementary Schools Tennis Challenge Tournament. After this tournament, held each spring, the students have an opportunity to participate in follow-up programs.

Summer Program:
LETT offers summer tennis lessons for youth 4-18 years old. The instructors emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, while helping players improve their basic tennis skills.

Excellence Program:
Children who have participated in one or more of LETT’s programs and wish to play tennis competitively are eligible to join the year round Excellence Program. Participants are required to maintain an academic average of 2.8 and above, and must participate in Junior Team Tennis and/or tournaments to improve their playing skills.

To find out more information about Learning Excellence Through Tennis or to get involved, contact: Program Director, Sarah Kleban, at kleban@sta.usta.com or (205) 578-8912 or look us up on facebook: Learning Excellence Through Tennis LETT offers summer tennis lessons for youth 7 - 18 years old. The instructors emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, while helping players improve their basic tennis skills in preparation for an end of the summer program. Additionally, as a chapter of the National Junior Tennis League, LETT's instructors and volunteers assist children with writing essays for the annual USTA Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.
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