GPTL brings tennis and education together to change lives and communities.

1000 Pottstown youth participate in free after-school tennis and learning programs.

100 under-resourced children are awarded scholarships into clinics, camps and leagues.

130 free hours of programming for Community Adaptive Tennis.

50 youth involved in after-school enrichment programs in late fall 2019.

25 players on the Pottstown Middle School Tennis Team.

18 junior coaches provided with leadership opportunities.

3 tennis courts resurfaced to help revitalize the Maple Street Park in Pottstown.

1 college tennis scholarship awarded.

Free monthly engagement nights with local non-profits!

 

IMPACT UPDATES

New Pottstown Middle School Tennis Teams

 

Students now have the opportunity to get ready to play on the high school tennis teams.  The new Middle School teams formed in September 2019 and are coached by volunteer Chris Herdelin.  The 25 players were gifted new racquets and cases by GPTL.  Thank you to USTA Middle States for a transportation grant.

 

 

 

 

New Education Wing at the Pottstown Integrated Wellness Complex (PIWC)

 

Starting in September 2019, GPTL’s new education wing at 724 N. Adams St. will be a community resource for tutoring, educational programs and family engagement nights.  The proximity of PIWC allows students to walk from the Pottstown High School and Pottstown Middle School to take advantage of our Nationally recognized organization.

 

 

 

 

GPTL is going places!

 

GPTL’s programs are a positive resource for more than a thousand Pottstown area youth including Pottstown High School player and USTA Foundation $5,000 Character Award grantee, Xzavier Williams.  Xzavier, pictured with GPTL Executive Director Kerriann Herdelin, attended the 2019 US Open on our annual bus trip.

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College Bound!

 

Amier Cooper was awarded a 2019 USTA Foundation $10,000 College Scholarship.  Amier was introduced to tennis through our Pottstown Middle School after-school program and will be the first member of his family to attend a 4-year college.  TENNIS was his ADVANTAGE to his success!

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Maple Street Tennis Courts named for Jim Corum

 

GPTL honored its founding father by naming the new courts at Pottstown’s Maple St. Park the Jim Corum Community Courts at a NETworking event on July 23, 2019.  The park revitalization effort is an excellent example of community development through tennis, combining both national and local funds to transform a public park.

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GPTL taking the court at the US Open!
GPTL was chosen among 40 organizations nationwide to participate in an on-court demonstration at the 2018 US Open as part of the USTA’s Net Generation initiative.  GPTL youth players had the wonderful opportunity to provide the opening act for one of the main draw matches and then watch the world’s top professionals play at the US Open.
Serve & Connect
A Community Engagement Program
GPTL was selected as one of seven NJTL chapters to spearhead a nationwide Serve & Connect Kick-off Event on February 24, 2018.  Serve & Connect is a new community initiative designed to bring kids and cops together on the courts to play tennis, build trust and make real connections.