Making Tennis Accessible to ALL
The first Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Foundation outreach program launched in June, 2019. Since then, we’ve evolved to offer a wide range of programs and opportunities for the young people of Zephyrhills and Pasco County. Our flagship program is our FREE after-school program at Elementary and Middle Schools throughout the county. It is our goal to put a racquet into every child’s hand and offer them the opportunity to learn the sport, grow with their peers and learn the skills needed to succeed in life.
A HOLISTIC APPROACH
We are creating a community of young athletes who work together to become better tennis players on court, better students in school, and ultimately, more responsible citizens of the world. Our curriculum uses The SVB Tennis Foundation Five Pillars for Success: 1. Education first 2. Character as a foundation 3. Community of common interests, 4. Positive role models and mentors, and 5. Physical well-being. (See graphic below for more info)
Tennis, using USTA’s NetGeneration curriculum, is just one of the important components of the program, We also focus on academics through homework help, nutrition education and character development in the form of games and activities. Our nutrition curriculum is guided by USDA’s SNAP education. Through structured lessons and play in a positive, supervised setting, The Sarah Vande Berg Tennis Foundation provides programming that prepares children for life.
Our programs serve children of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds, including many low-income, minority youth who have limited access to organized sports. For some of our kids, tennis proves to be an important avenue for success and growth in self-esteem. You can help us reach more students and have a greater impact by donating today.
One of the ways The SVB Tennis Foundation puts education first is through our scholarship program. The Foundation awards multiple scholarships each year to graduating Zephyrhills High School student-athletes. Selection criteria include academic performance, leadership qualities, volunteerism, community engagement and sports involvement. Athletes from all sports are encouraged to apply, not just tennis players!
High School Seniors can apply for scholarships here. The deadline to apply is April 30th each year.
Past Scholarship Recipients
Abigail Wilder, University of South Florida
Sophia Martin – George Mason University – Virginia
Tristan Valverde – University of South Florida
Emily Jennings – Clarendon College – Texas
Brianna Dupre – Saint Leo University
Trey Owens – Florida Gulf Coast University