Girls Rule the Court™

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Girls Rule the Court™ (GRTC) is a program curated by USTA Mid-Atlantic Foundation to promote health, wellness, and teamwork while building self-esteem through tennis for young girls. The program teaches the basics of tennis to girls in a fun and rewarding environment led by female tennis coaches and mentors. 

At the Core of the Court

As a nonprofit organization, USTA Mid-Atlantic Foundation envisions Girls Rule the Court as a way to help close the gap on physical and wellness opportunities offered for young girls, increase sport participation among girls, and promote multigenerational connection and mentorship through positive female coaches and role models. Reaching young girls in under-resourced communities with Girls Rule the Court is a critical component of the program. 

Girls Rule the Court tennis programs for girls are offered thanks to the support from grants and individual gifts. Support Girls Rule the Court and become part of our Founders Court with a gift today.

More than Tennis

Participants create meaningful and beneficial connections while engaging in important dialogue about teamwork, empowerment, and the benefits of physical activity.  Girls Rule the Court is tennis for girls where they can have fun, make friends, and get active their way.

Creating Community 

Currently, Girls Rule the Court is running in a pilot phase in select locations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Program Locations:

  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Loudoun County, Va. 
  • Charlottesville, Va. 
  • Louisa, Va. 

Creating Character 

Girls find access and connection to the lifelong sport of tennis while growing their technical, tactical, and performance skills.  During Girls Rule the Court sessions, participants learn important character-building skills to take into the real world. 


Creating Well-being 

GRTC seeks to elevate participants' social networks and social capital through tennis to help young girls aspire to dream. Important social-emotional lessons are delivered and measured to understand the effectiveness of the program on positive youth development. 

Outside the Court

Thank you to our supporters:



  • Kahlert Foundation
  • PNC Bank


  • Northern Virginia Community Foundation- Community Investment Fund
  • Nicole Leppert
  • April Providakes
  • Pamela Nix
  • River Creek Tennis Association
  • Dimick Foundation


  • Andy Larson
  • Marsha Musser
  • MarieBette Bakery
  • Ann Hay Hardy
  • Frank Hardy Sotheby's International Realty
  • Louisa County Community Fund/Charlottesville Community Foundation


GRTC in the News:


The buzz around Girls Rule the Court is undeniable. The excitement about the program and the emphasis on giving young girls access to the everlasting benefits of tennis is getting some noteworthy news. Check it out! 


  • WMAR-TV (ABC) Baltimore - 'Girls Rule the Court' inspires young girls to learn the game of tennis, watch here
  • WVIR-TV (NBC) Charlottesville - Free tennis lessons taught to young girls, watch here
  • City Lifestyle - Read here
  • Leesburg Lifestyle Magazine (page 44) - Read here
  • The Chamber from the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce - Read here
  • SportsEvents Magazine (page 24) - Read here