We’re delighted to announce that a game-changing Dwight Global Online School partnership has been forged with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour Juniors.

The ITF, which is the world governing body of tennis founded in 1913 to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, selected Dwight Global Online from a field of applicants as the Official Education Partner of its World Tennis Tour Juniors division.

This exciting partnership will provide the world’s best young tennis players with the opportunity to benefit from Dwight Global’s wide range of outstanding online education programs. ITFJ recognized that our School, which is ranked one of the top two online high schools in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, sets the platinum standard in online private school education for students in grades 6-12 and is the ideal choice for aspiring young tournament players who want to balance their pursuit of excellence on the court and in the classroom.

“The demands placed on junior players are enormous, and having the time needed to dedicate to training, practice, and travel on the ITF tour makes all the difference in maintaining a competitive edge. We’re pleased to provide players with a world-class private school education combined with the flexibility they need to perform and compete at the highest levels,” says Blake Spahn, Vice Chancellor of The Dwight Schools and Captain of the 1994 Columbia University Ivy League Championship Tennis Team.

Quite a few Dwight Global Online students have been pursuing their tennis sparks of genius since we founded the School in 2014. A Dwight education prepares them to be leaders in sport and in the classroom at D1, D2, and D3 universities.

“We are dedicated to cultivating the interests and passions of scholar-athletes and educating the sports leaders of tomorrow,” says Louisa Childs, Head of Dwight Global Online School. “We are thrilled to partner with the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors to offer top-notch academics tailored to meet the needs of aspiring tennis stars and to inspire the next generation on the world tour.”

As ITFJ’s Official Education Partner, Dwight Global Online will provide all ITFJ players with a 50% tuition discount; webinars about college planning, mental health, and leadership; and dedicated college counselors skilled in athletic recruitment, who will work with each player to gain acceptance into their top-choice universities.

Additionally, as Dwight Global Online students, ITFJ players will have unique opportunities to study at any brick-and-mortar school in our global network, enjoy Dwight residential experiences, participate in performing arts collaborations, and go on trips and exchanges with Dwight students worldwide.

With this news, we are also excited to launch Dwight Global Online School traveling teams, where students can train, study, and compete together. Several prominent players on the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors are current students or graduates, including Michael Zheng ’22, 2022 Wimbledon boys’ singles finalist, who now plays college tennis while studying at Columbia University; and Cooper Williams ’23, 2023 Australian Open boys’ doubles champion and 2023 Wimbledon boys’ singles semi-finalist, who is starting at Harvard this fall. Some of our current students include junior Claire An, 2023 USTA Easter Bowl girls’ singles 16s champion; and sophomore Shannon Lam, 2021 USTA Easter Bowl girls’ singles champion.

Matt Byford, Head of the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, says, “We are pleased to partner with Dwight Global, giving players competing at ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors events opportunities for online learning. While much focus will be on a junior player’s prowess on-court, it is vital that players also prioritize their academic education. Dwight Global enables players competing on the tour to find a good balance between their athletic and academic careers.”

News of our ITJF partnership follows an announcement we made last April, when Dwight Global Online School became the official program sponsor for United States Tennis Association Eastern Section L3 Elite Junior Tennis Tournaments.

Tennis and Dwight Global make for a great match. Game on!

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