We provide children with tutoring, tennis instruction, life skills training and tennis equipment. Our numerous programs provide healthy lifestyles through tennis activities while teaching valuable life lessons to our children.
The Dallas Tennis and Education Academy (formerly Slam Jammers) is the Dallas Chapter of the NJTL. The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Dallas Chapter was started by the DTA in 1978. For over 30 years thousands of inner city and at-risk children have participated in this program. There will not be a need to purchase any equipment as each child will have the use of all of the necessary equipment he or she need to learn and play the game of tennis.
School Programs are tennis, literacy, life skills and cultural awareness. These free programs are offered on campus, after school, and don’t exclude children with disabilities. No child is excluded based their socioeconomic status. We offer weekend and evening tennis instruction and education programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. All programs include the National Junior Tennis and Learning Curricula which include: ACE (Academic, Creative and
Engagement), Life Skills and STEAM.
Kids can develop and enhance their skills through competition in a low-pressure setting where results are not documented. Kids have the chance to gain additional play experience through a rotation with similarly skilled opponents and short, continuous matches over a two to three hour period. Play Days promote a sense of achievement through a fun and spirited
Sometimes, all kids need is a chance. Year-round training and tournament play are supported for high-potential and under-resourced youth. Grit and grace are developed on the court, in the classroom, and through community service activities performed as a team. These qualities of grit and grace will transcend the court and carry these youth to a college degree and success in life as productive and conscientious world citizens.
ACADEMIC CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT (ACE)
Proven to improve kids’ attitudes and behaviors around math, literacy and school climate, ACE is an out-of-school academic curriculum that connects the Common Core State
education standards to the sport of tennis. Activities encourage academic achievement, health and wellness as well as social and emotional skills. When combined with a tennis program, it provides children with important developmental assets.
NJTL LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM (LSC)
We provide access to the First Serve Life Skills Curriculum (LSC), which utilizes tennis to empower youth with the skills, values and experiences they need to become responsible and successful citizens. Children participate in progressive activities with an opportunity to earn a certificate at each level.
COCA-COLA SELECTS DTEA to PILOT STEAM
Coca-Cola selected the DTEA to pilot the STEAM curriculum in conjunction with the USTA Foundation for grade levels 6-9.
ECHOES OF THE LOST BOYS
Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan is a true story in graphic novel format of four young men who now live in the Dallas area and who share their stories with kids. Their stories of
survival give the kids inspiration and hope for the future no matter what their current situation is. All proceeds from the sale of this graphic novel benefit our programs.
ARTHUR ASHE ESSAY CONTEST
We encourage our students to participate in the annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. Winners may receive a trip to New York City to attend the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and a special
reception. We have had dozens of children win this prestigious award.