Dream Makers Tennis Clinics

The Chattahoochee Foundation partners with Dream Makers Youth Foundation
to empower children with special needs to learn the sport of tennis. UTA staff and students coach clinics on Saturday afternoons at Blackburn and Bitsy Grant IMG_7101Tennis Center locations to help foster independence, confidence, and passion in the participants of this program.

The Dream Makers program has been mutually beneficial to UTA staff and students by providing an opportunity for service and leadership. UTA partner, Tim Noonan, led Dream Makers clinics for five years at Chattahoochee Plantation and has continued the program for the past two years at the UTA Bitsy Grant location. In an effort to expand the program and impact the lives of more children, Katherine Gooding, a UTA student of seven years and currently a high school junior, organized and coached additional clinics this year at the Blackburn location. A variety of UTA staff and students donate their time and efforts each Saturday to make these tennis clinics a positive experience for the participants.

Tim Teaching 3 inTo volunteer in the Dream Makers clinics, or to participate in the program, please contact Tim Noonan at (404)-435-5211 or timnoonan@utatennis.com. To view the current Dream Makers schedule, please click here.



“Initially, everyone enrolled in the program needed hand-over-hand assistance and constant redirection to remain engaged, but with time and consistent participation, every child has shown improvement, both on and off the tennis court…Our organization and the families we serve are extremely grateful for UTA and their amazing staff.” –Nikki Wilson, President of Dream Makers Youth Foundation


“Gary and I thank you so much for al the tennis instruction you have given to our son, Danny, through the Dream Makers Youth Foundation program…Please keep up the excellent work…This is the one community program Danny likes and feel successful at, and that is so important in building his confidence and self-esteem as he embarks on becoming an independent adult.” – Lisa and Gary Braun


“ I want to commend the Universal Tennis Academy, Tim Noonan, and his staff, for the great volunteer service for which my special needs child is a benefactor….Without Tim and his staff, my son could not take tennis lessons; I would not be able to afford it…It is a great program and these dedicated volunteers are making a POSITIVE DIFFERENCE in a special needs child’s life.” – Apryl Harris