Founded in 1999 by legendary American singer and painter, Tony Bennett, and his wife, Susan Benedetto, Exploring the Arts' (ETA) mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds.
Team Bryan was founded in 2006 by Ryan Wolfington with the support of Sean and Ana Wolfington to take at-risk children off the streets, onto to the tennis court and into the classroom. Children begin the program at all ages and go through a "road to success" with mentoring that helps them fulfill their greatest potential in tennis, school and life by teaching them how to eat healthy, overcome negative thoughts and feelings, replace bad habits with great habits, develop skills for overcoming adversity and achieving their goals. The children who demonstrate the best attitude, character, grade point average and service to others are invited on an elite travel, training and leadership team, created by Ryan Wolfington with the help of Bob and Mike Bryan, the #1 doubles team in the world. To date nearly 40 players have earned scholarships to college for both academics and to play division one NCAA tennis.
Greater Miami Tennis Education Foundation
The Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation originated in 1974 to introduce tennis to youngsters who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn the sport. Since 1974, over 33,000 youngsters have had the opportunity to learn tennis and valuable life skills by participating in free, affordable GMTEF programs. These programs establish a pathway from beginner through competitive levels and enrich youngsters lives on and off the tennis courts. GMTEF is committed to helping participants become well-rounded individuals by focusing on character development, self-esteem and academic achievement.
Over the past 37 years, the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation has established itself as one of the premier community tennis organizations in the United States. Its accomplishments include being selected the Organization of the Year by the United States Tennis Association in 1994, voted NJTL of the Year in 2007 $500,000 and below, and being ranked 5th nationally among similar organizations by Tennis Week Magazine in 2002. The dynamic GMTEF staff and board contribute exceptional leadership skills from a broad range of business backgrounds, as well as tremendous experience in every aspect of tennis, from the local recreational level to international competition on the professional tour. Donna Fales, who was the first President of the Chapter, as well as the first Executive Director of the Foundation, and Bobby Curtis, who is still an active GMTEF Board Member, are two of the original Founding Members!