In 1952, William J. Clothier, II founded the Philadelphia Tennis Patrons Association which was merged with the Philadelphia National Junior Tennis League 44 years later to become Philadelphia Youth Tennis. In 2003, Philadelphia Youth Tennis became Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education; a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Three years later, the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center located in East Falls was constructed as a premiere facility dedicated to innovative youth tennis and education programming. In 2012, the organization became Legacy Youth Tennis and Education. In 2015 the organization was recognized by the United States Tennis Association as its National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter of the year, distinguishing it from among more than 500 community based tennis organizations in the nation.
Today our free and low cost programs lead to better health and education outcomes for kids. Our participants transform into athletes, model students, and active leaders in their schools, communities, and society at large.
Legacy provides a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for more than 3500 kids a year. Through our programs, students can learn and practice achievement behaviors through our highly structured tennis, education, and character programs. By applying themselves in our programs, Legacy kids demonstrate greater self-control, self-esteem, and self-awareness, preparing them for success.
Proceeds from this event directly help LEGACY deliver free and low-cost tennis and educational programs, helping to ensure that all kids can have access to the resources needed to put them on a pathway to success.
Our founding organization, Philadelphia Patron’s Tennis Association, was established in 1952 by William J. Clothier, II. It is fitting for us to honor our long-time board member, Alan Lindy, President of Lindy Property Management as we celebrate 70 years of tennis and education.
It is not just the game of tennis that changes the lives of our youth, it is our dedicated and inclusive community that makes the biggest impact on the lives of our diverse kids. With your support, we can provide them with the best possible guidance, tools, and resources they need to be happy and successful, both on and off the courts. You can make a real difference in the lives of many young people.