We used to think that we could be an astronaut. World No. 1. Or rock star. Was it because we had a champion? A person who called us by name. Who saw our potential before we did. How high we could soar. And how far we could go. Who again and again showed things until something clicked. The first time we picked up a racket. Painted a canvas. Or launched a rocket. In that moment, we knew what we were born to do. For every person who gave us every chance — every mother, father, teacher, coach and mentor — we give thanks. Now, we give back. No compromise ...
We focus on out-of-school time, meaning those hours before and after school as well as summers, weekends, and during school vacations.
The average student spends 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom. These are the hours when students are at risk of losing academic skills, being a victim of violent crime, gaining weight by not being physically active, and engaging in risky behaviors. The Andy Roddick Foundation works to transform this time into hours of opportunity, and high-quality out-of-school time programs can have a positive and lasting effect on students by keeping them safe, engaged, and active. Learn more about our summer learning program and how we ensure those students keep learning through our afterschool program investments.
Our vision is for all young people to have endless opportunities to discover and achieve their potential.
Right now, children in low-income communities consistently have less opportunities to learn outside the classroom than their better-off peers do. In fact, this unequal access to opportunities puts lower income students 2-3 years behind their peers by 5th grade. By addressing this ongoing opportunity gap that exists between lower income students and their peers, all students will learn, thrive, and succeed.
Our mission is to work with our community to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive, and succeed.
To do this, the Andy Roddick Foundation operates a high-quality summer learning program, partners with and invests in other effective after school and summer programs, and works across our community to collectively impact the future of students in the Austin community by ensuring they have access to a continuum of high-quality opportunities outside the school day. This is all designed to build resilient students that have the skills, traits, and opportunities needed to reach their full potential.