Ella Hill Hutch Community Center opened its doors to the Western Addition area of San Francisco over 30 years ago. A full-service site, the center boasts a gymnasium, playground, community gardens, classroom space, a computer lab, and four newly resurfaced tennis courts. The tennis courts at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center are open to the public Mon through Saturday; anyone is welcome to reserve time and play on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to being available to the general public, more than 100 Fillmore District youth during the school year, and more than 300 young people during the summer months, take regular lessons on the courts.
One of the standout programs offered at Ella Hill Hutch is made possible through a community partnership with the United States Tennis Association and Collective Impact. The tennis courts at Ella Hill Hutch are open to the public Monday through Saturday; anyone is welcome to reserve time and play on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to being available to the general public, more than 100 Fillmore District youth during the school year, and more than 300 young people during the summer months, take regular lessons on the Ella Hill Hutch courts. Spearheading these efforts at the community center is Magic Zone staff member Michael Hall, our tennis program manager. Coach Mike is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Western Addition. He had a stellar prep career at Mission High School, and went on to play NCAA D-II tennis at Hampton University in Virginia, before his pro career (1989-1994) took him to tournament play all around the world. As a lifelong resident of the Fillmore District, Mike is thrilled to partner with USTA to coach neighborhood youth, who represent a broad range of ability and experience levels, through tennis lessons at Ella Hill Hutch. It's a special highlight for Coach Mike to be able to share his love of the game with young people from his own community and lead his students through the importance of sportsmanship, focus, and commitment. The youth served by the programs of Collective Impact are under-served young people for whom exposure to healthy choices, enrichment activities, and new experiences are crucial to disrupting unproductive pathways. For our elementary and middle school age participants especially, exposure to the life skills and sportsmanship lessons built into the USTA’s ACE and HITS curricula have been successful and positive. Coach Mike is passionate about maintaining the momentum of Collective Impact’s USTA youth programming, and takes every opportunity for our organization to host PlayDay events and attend local tournaments, with the goal of increasing students’ exposure to all the game has to offer. Collective Impact is grateful to USTA Foundation and the Olympic Club Foundation for their sponsorship and ongoing support of these efforts. We look forward to growing our athletics programming with and for the young people of San Francisco’s Western Addition, allowing for crucial life- and tennis-skill building.