Aces in Motion Programming Continues Despite Challenges
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every part of our lives as it unfolds around the world. While the virus brings much of our society to a halt, Aces in Motion is still committed to being a pillar in the lives of our students and families.
The coronavirus outbreak has brought great change to Aces in Motion. Though the AIM After-School program on UF campus and TB McPherson Rec Center is currently suspended, along with Alachua County Public Schools, AIM leadership is working hard to continue to deliver quality positive youth development programming and academic assistance at a time when our students need it the most. As a result, the AIM After-School program is going to be offered completely online while school is out and kids are at home. This new offering will be called AIM Virtual (please see below).
Aces in Motion is also utilizing both our own resources and our community partners to find innovative and effective solutions to support our families during this time. We are currently:
· Working with Cox Cable to bring free internet access to homes without it
· Delivering AIM laptops to students to stay connected to AIM staff, peers, and their schools
· Working tirelessly to pack and distribute meals from the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank to our families
· Finally, AIM is one of a handful of United Way Community Impact Partners that will act as a point of contact for families who are in need of financial relief in terms of food, rent, and utilities.
As you can see, while the outbreak may have put a halt to “normal” AIM after-school programming, we continue to fulfill our obligation to our community. This is an opportunity to rally and support vulnerable families in this critical time.
Coaching for Life Beyond the Court
Our Mission and Values
Aces in Motion uses tennis to promote character development, academic achievement and a healthy lifestyle to people of all abilities, with a focus on under resourced communities. We Use Tennis and the Principles of Sport to Build a Community of Children, Youth, and Adults that Work, Learn, and Play Hard Together
The Foundation of Aces in Motion
AIM is developed as an evidence-based youth sport program that puts best practices into action. Drawing from principles related to sport, youth development, cultural and community capital, and trauma informed practice, our approach is designed to “elicit the maximum development of potential within the context of a training program that exposes youngsters to constructive relationships” with supportive adults. We draw from the cultural and community heritages of our constituents to infuse values, skills, and opportunities to work toward a just society within our students, staff, volunteers, Board, and partners.
We partner with students and families from schools all over Alachua County:
Lincoln Middle School
Howard Bishop Middle School
Eastside High School
Gainesville High School
Santa Fe High School
Loften High School
PACE School for Girls
Resilience Charter School
Caring and Sharing Learning School
Kanapaha Middle School
PK Yonge Developmental Research School