The Andy Roddick Foundation works so that all children have abundant opportunities to reach their full potential.
We believe that talent is universal but understand that opportunity is not, and we know opportunity matters. Children in low-income communities experience an opportunity gap – they consistently have less enriching opportunities outside the school day than their better-off peers. To eliminate this gap, the Andy Roddick Foundation develops and invests in effective programs to create meaningful opportunities for children to learn, succeed, and thrive. For more information on how we are expanding opportunities for children and youth, visit our Programs page.
We focus on out-of-school time, meaning those hours before and afterschool as well as summers, weekends, and during school vacations. The average student spends 80% of their waking hours outside the classroom. These are the hours when students are at risk of losing academic skills, being a victim of violent crime, gaining weight by not being physically active, and engaging in risky behaviors. The Andy Roddick Foundation works to transform this time into hours of opportunity, and high-quality out-of-school time programs can have a positive and lasting effect on students by keeping them safe, engaged, and active.
To further achieve our mission, the Andy Roddick Foundation is creating the Sports & Learning Center in Austin, Texas, to be opened in 2015, to provide a safe, enriching learning space for children in our community. Visit the Sports & Learning Center page for additional information on the Center and how you can be a part of it.
To build quality year-round programming for under-resourced areas of Austin.
To develop strategic community partnerships to support students in the hours outside the classroom.
To invest to increase student access to and improve the quality of out-of-school programs.