Racquet Up Detroit Youth Program Launches Expansion and Facility Project
Nonprofit to build new 19,000-square-foot facility in northwest Detroit to increase access to its educational and youth development programs
Racquet Up Detroit announces today its expansion to a dedicated new facility in northwest Detroit which will serve as the hub for the organization’s youth development program. With an emphasis on educational attainment, physical fitness, wellness and college and career preparation, Racquet Up is poised to have a sig...
COMMUNITY DOUBLES DOWN FOR RACQUET UPRegardless of the great challenges posed by the current public health crisis, Racquet Up donors have stepped up to invest in the continued support of students. On May 1st, a re-invented Double Down was launched with nine teams raising funds for Racquet Up. This initiative replaced a planned two-month fundraising competition which was to culminate in a major event to mark Racquet Up’s 10th anniversary.
RU STUDENTS REMAIN CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER AND THE COMMUNITYDespite the challenges posed by remote programming and the broader impact of the public health crisis, Racquet Up maintains its deep commitment to staying connected with our students, engaging them in thoughtful ways with the community, and opportunities. While participating in Racquet Up programming from home, the middle school teams completed a virtual postcard making activity. They wrote encouraging notes of appreciation for the staff at the Hartford Nursing & Rehab Center in northw...
Students enjoy mid-winter break college tourOver the mid-winter break school holiday, Racquet Up 10th and 11th grade students traveled by bus to tour five colleges between Detroit and Washington D.C.! Amy Zeiter, our Director of College Access and Success, alongside Chanelle Davis, our High School Academic Coordinator, traveled with twelve students on this fun and inspiring tour.
10 Years of Impact Recognized In the Detroit NewsAs it approaches its 10th anniversary, Racquet Up has been featured in the Detroit News. The story, which includes interviews with current student Alani Smith and Racquet Up alum Antwan Ramsey, highlights the 100% college enrollment rate of the first two classes to complete the 8-year program. Check out the
Racquet Up awarded grant of $15,000 by The Rite Aid FoundationRacquet Up has been awarded a $15,000 Kidscents Regional Grant by The Rite Aid Foundation for its Student Recruitment and Engagement Program. The grant will help Racquet Up to recruit 5th and 6th grade students and support their engagement with the program throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The KidCents Regional Grant Program funds specific out-of-school time programs focused on children's nutrition, physical fitness and academic success.
Two Major Grants Help to Drive College SuccessRacquet Up Detroit is celebrating success in its college access program, which has been backed by two major grant awards from foundations based in metro Detroit. All of Racquet Up’s students who graduated from high school in 2018 enrolled in college and are now being supported to stick with it. These students had been in the youth development program for eight consecutive years.
Record Breaking Racquet Up Tryouts
In October, Racquet Up hosted a series of six tryouts for the newest class of 5th and 6th grade participants. Over 80 students applied from four different partner schools: Schulze Academy, MacDowell Preparatory Academy, Detroit Achievement Academy, and University Yes Academy. The atmosphere throughout tryouts was full of energy and excitement as staff members and volunteers got to know the students and their families.
2nd Annual Detroit City Squash ChampionshipsOn October 26th and 27th, Racquet Up hosted the 2nd annual Detroit City Squash Championships at the Northwest Activities Center. Nearly sixty adult and youth players participated in the tournament. The event aims to promote camaraderie and fun competition, while also determining the undisputed Detroit City Squash Champions.
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