That moment I had at nine, when I picked up a tennis racket and it clicked with me — it built my self-esteem and gave me a sense of self-worth at a young age because I could do something well.
— Andy S. Roddick, Founder and Board Chair
 

 
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Our Founder

Andy Roddick was nine years old when he realized what he was born to do. These days, he’s devoted his life to recreating that moment, over and over again — but not for himself. It turns out that one of the greatest tennis players of all time was born not just to pursue his own passion, but to help others discover theirs. 

“Let’s expose kids to everything, and let’s hope something sticks with them,” Roddick says. “That moment I had at nine, when I picked up a tennis racket and it clicked with me — it built my self-esteem and gave me a sense of self-worth at a young age because I could do something well. That’s the moment we’re trying to hit with kids. And we’re going to give them every chance to find it.”

 

 

The Challenge

Too many children in Central Texas do not have access to high-quality learning  and enrichment that will keep their hard-earned academic skills sharp.

It’s like the front doors of a school. During the school year, the doors are open and all children have access to learning  and enrichment because of equal access to public education. But after school and during the summer, the doors are locked for children in communities that have been left out.

Without quality learning and enrichment, our children are at risk for falling behind — year after year — in core subjects like math and reading and missing those eye-opening moments when they discover
something they do well.

 
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The Idea

Through high-qualtiy afterschool activities developed in cooperation with the Austin Independent School District, as well as an acclaimed six-week summer program, investing in innovative summer activities, and other joint initiatives with key groups throughout the city, we are creating new chances for all kids to grow in literacy, STEM, art, and sports — all during months and times of day when statistics show they’re typically most at risk and falling behind.

 

 

Our Mission

We work with our community to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all young people have endless opportunities to realize and achieve their potential.

Our Difference

We help kids be more connected to school, build self-confidence, develop critical-thinking skills and connect with caring adults.