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Congratulations to YDA Executive Director, Al Garrett, who has been appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chairperson for the Alabama Tennis Association

More Than Just A Game

We Strive For Success On and Off The Court!


GTA & YDA has served over 15,000 students/adults in schools and communities from Cullman, AL to Florence, AL, and in Winchester, TN.

Most recently, one of our student/players, D’Aqarrius (DQ) Poole, graduated from Columbia High School in 2021 receiving a total of $14,000 in education scholarship funds from the United States Tennis Association Foundation and Southern Tennis Foundation.  


Other 2021 graduates from the College Academy at Mae Jemison High School received full academic scholarships to The University of Alabama – Huntsville, Emery Murphy, and Noa Williams, The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa.

2021 – led high school tennis camp for Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering at the campus of Oakwood University

2019 – led high school tennis camp for New Hope at Columbia High School in Research Park

Alison Gladness, played No. 1 Singles/Doubles for Buckhorn High School tennis team, received an academic/tennis scholarship to Alabama A&M University.


Two of our students/players received a tennis scholarship to The University of Alabama – Huntsville and another an academic scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  They are Bob Jones High School graduates - Darren McGlynn and Ashely Robin, respectively.


Greg Folker, another Bob Jones High School graduate, followed the footstep of Coach Garrett, and while in college completed his coaching certification and became a teaching pro/tennis instructor.


Jayden Hyter, 2020 Lee High School graduate, is a high school/college summer staff instructor now attending The University of North Alabama.

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We Strive for Success

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