MISSION - Tennis AllStars Inc., (is a program designed to promote positive and healthy decision-making by youth from ages 8 to 18 years who are at risk for making negative decisions that result in detrimental and limiting life choices. Tennis AllStars seeks to positively impact the lives of youth by helping them to address a number of personal and social issues such as obesity, substance abuse, violence, gang activities, and premature sexual activities. An ultimate aim is to aid youth in becoming productive, contributing citizens.
HISTORY - Tennis AllStars, Inc., is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Tennis AllStars is the creation of Executive
Director Robert E. Morse, III. After numerous experiences in working with youth as a coach in tennis and other sport programs and as a
counselor in adolescent rehabilitation programs, Robert E. Morse recognized the need for a youth centered program that combines physical activity and proactive decision-making. Tennis AllStars is this vision. Under the leadership of Mr. Morse, Tennis AllStars became incorporated November 30, 2004, and received a 501 (c) (3) status April 21, 2006. The board of directors consists of individuals from varied professions that focus on the overall well-being of youth. Tennis AllStars received its first grant funding from Akron, Ohio’s Development and Planning & Urban, March 2005.
Tennis AllStars has two components, Physical Fitness and Positive Decision making. Tennis serves as the catalysis to promote good health and overall physical fitness. Several nationally validated program materials are used to promote positive and healthy decision-making including All Stars, a mentoring program . The All Stars mentoring program is an element of the Federal agency, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration model programs. It is a highly interactive school and/or community designed to delay and prevent high-risk behavior in middle school-age adolescents. All Stars has been tested with children from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and found to have a positive impact on the lives of children. The Kidz B.E.A.T. program from the American Heart Association is also used to assist youth in learning to make healthy decisions.
Tennis AllStars, Inc. provided youth with an opportunity to participate in Physical Fitness and Type II Diabetes Prevention classes to make them aware of good health choices.
Youth received breakfast, lunch, Physical fitness and academic enrichment Monday thru Friday at no cost to them.
Youth display their certification of participation for their work with Project MacD (Mobile AllStars Combating Diabetes). Project MacD was funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.