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History of First Serve

First Serve OKC was established in 2013 as a chapter of the United States Tennis Association’s ‘National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network. The NJTL network was founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, the first African-American man to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, to develop young people's character through tennis and education. First Serve OKC Foundation is a youth development organization that provides a year-round safe environment for low-income, underserved children.

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Mission Statement

Strengthening the lives and enhancing the character of Oklahoma City youth through tennis and education. 

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Objectives

  • Help students acquire life skills that will allow them to be independent and impactful community members.

  • Improve students' academic skills and education outcomes. 

  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices and positive character traits through tennis. 

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Core Values

Teamwork

Sportsmanship

Accountability

Self-Motivation

Gratitude