The Tennis Opportunity Program, Inc. (TOP) is a small independent 501(c)(3) organization that provides focused, and intensive support to an underserved, at-risk youth population in the Chicago area. Founded in 1989, the TOP board has shifted the program’s focus from introducing large numbers of children to tennis to that of establishing a strong, in-depth program that features a repertoire of proven activities and verifiable results.
Our mission is to provide opportunity for low-income Chicago-area youth to become exceptional individuals in tennis, academics, and personal development. We offer a year-round program that focuses on the development of the whole child rather than a set of specific sport skills and we make a sustained commitment to guide participants from program entry through college admission. Our program is individualized and includes academic support, mentoring, tutoring, counseling, college seminars and visits, fitness training, and intensive tennis instruction. This approach empowers our participants to achieve true success, as students, tennis players, and world-class citizens. We are proud that our youth are accepted by and graduate from well-respected colleges. We remain committed to providing financial support and opportunity for children who are talented, but lack economic resources.