Thanks to a partnership between the City of Chicago and XS Tennis, more than 4,000 CPS students will soon have access to a state-of-the-art athletic facility.
Located in the Washington Park community, this $9.8 million facility will include 10 indoor tennis courts, as well as a fitness center, running track, training space and classrooms. In addition to being a community asset, it will allow XS Tennis, the nation’s largest and most successful minority-owned tennis organization, to double the number of CPS students currently being served by its Tennis XSpress program.
“XS Tennis has been a tremendous success and serves as an example of how athletics and education can come together within our communities to support Chicago’s youth,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “It’s important that our kids have access to safe activities and strong role models, and this new facility will provide a world-class space for young people across Chicago to train, to dream and to discover their full potential.”
A project of the XS Tennis Education Foundation, XSpress Tennis is an in-school program that teaches teamwork and sportsmanship while growing the game of tennis. Now in 10 CPS schools, XSpress Tennis exposes students not only to the game, but to the habits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
“As a graduate of the Chicago Public Schools, I know personally that the athletics programs I participated in were crucial to my development during a critical stage in my life,” said Kamau Murray, President and Founder of XS Tennis. With racquets, tennis balls and nets in tow, Tennis XSpress transforms CPS gymnasiums into a world of opportunity and introduces students to the idea that they can and should pursue bold ambitions.”
Construction is scheduled to begin on the new tennis facility this fall, allowing XS Tennis to expand its community outreach program, adding 10 new schools to the XSpress Tennis program and committing $300,000 in tennis scholarships to Chicago residents and CPS youth.