Greensboro Tennis Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating healthy, successful youth and providing life skills and educational opportunities to them through tennis. We believe:
Every child should have the opportunity to develop a passion for something. We believe that tennis can be a gateway for our area youth to discover their best selves.
Tennis teaches life skills such as hard work, fair play, dedication, how to win, how to lose, and how to set and achieve goals.
Youth who are dedicated to achieving learn how to be successful in life. Those who choose to be part of our program can achieve outstanding results on the court, in the classroom and in life.
The Greensboro Tennis Foundation really began when Coach Mike Belangia decided to give tennis lessons to a few kids who couldn’t afford to pay. Under his coaching, they became engaged in tennis. As his pupils progressed, more came to him and he was running junior clinics at the city courts. As his junior program grew, Mike realized how many youngsters couldn’t afford tennis lessons, but he believed that all kids could benefit from the game of tennis—not only for the fun, but also for the health benefits, the valuable life lessons and the desire to become more engaged at school. Hence, the Greensboro Tennis Foundation was born to provide low-income area youth the opportunity to play tennis. This year, through clinics, summer camps, outreach and Tennis Around Town, the Foundation has grown to reach over 500 kids, about 75% of whom are on free and reduced lunch programs. It is a diverse group from various races, economic backgrounds and life experiences. Last year (2017) we had our first two graduates from the full-time academy, Greensboro Tennis Program School. Both received scholarships to play college tennis.
USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapter
In 2016, Greensboro Tennis Foundation became a Chapter of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning Program (NJTL). The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nationwide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming, educational and life-skill components designed to enhance a child’s overall development.
Founded in 1969, this growing network of tennis providers share similar values, ideals and goals by reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis, instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence, and by giving all kids the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport.
In 2017 Greensboro Tennis Foundation became part of the USTA Foundation’s Capacity Building Program which will help us to reach out to more youth in our communities and impact more lives. This is a three-year program that is designed to help us build capacity and grow our funding base. See our Outreach page for more on our NJTL programs.