First Serve OKC Foundation
7301 N. Broadway Extension
Ste 224
OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73116-9070
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
First Serve OKC
Mission Statement
The mission of First Serve OKC is to strengthen the lives and enhance the character of Oklahoma City youth through tennis and education. 
First Serve OKC teaches children the core values of self-discipline, optimism, integrity, teamwork, and gratitude.
Contact Information
Contact Name Emmy Tigert
Contact email emmy.tigert@mshdg.com
Address 7301 N. Broadway Extension
Ste 224
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73116 9070
Phone (405) 315-3822
Fax 405-640-3317
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address Oklahoma City Tennis Center
3400 N. Portland
Oklahoma City OK 73112
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Financial gifts make it possible for us to meet the needs of the children we serve. Credit card donations can be made on our website www.firstserveokc.org, or checks may be mailed to 7301 Broadway Ext., Suite 224, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.

Support a Player - As a student advances, the cost of their coaching, equipment, and tournament registration fees increase. To help cover the costs, we offer a Sponsor a Player program where donors are paired with a player and support their play for one year.

Volunteer - We need volunteers to coach, mentor, and tutor students. Whether you can volunteer one day for a tournament or once per week, we love extra help! Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or contact us to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Wish List - Your donation of items from our wish list will help make a difference in a child’s life. Some of the items we need are: new or gently used tennis equipment; new or gently used youth athletic clothing; trophies; classroom supplies; and healthy food and snacks.

Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $361,000.00
Projected Expenses $343,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization First Serve OKC Foundation
Year Founded 2013
IRS Ruling Year 2014
State Registration Expiration Mar 2020
Statements
Mission
The mission of First Serve OKC is to strengthen the lives and enhance the character of Oklahoma City youth through tennis and education. 
Background First Serve OKC was founded in 2013, as a chapter of the United States Tennis Association's National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) program, which aims to provide a pathway for students to post-secondary education through tennis and education programs. Our programs serve low income and under-resourced students by providing life-skills, education, healthy meals, mentorship, and physical activity to students from 1st through 12th grade. 
Impact

According to a USTA Foundation study of students across all socioeconomic levels, youth who play tennis get better grades, have college aspirations, are better behaved, and are more community-minded and well-rounded. They are also more healthy and less prone to risky behaviors, including drinking, smoking, and being overweight, than their non-tennis playing counterparts. First Serve OKC supported over 1,600 students in 2019 through community partnerships with OKC Public Schools, Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, and OKC Indian Clinic. Over 236 students attended summer camp, and 46 students attend year-round programming at OKC Tennis Center. We have a 100% high school graduation in our year-round program, 36 tournament tennis players and 38 weeks of year-round programming.

Needs
Our most pressing needs are for tennis court rental, classroom space, healthy meals and snacks, tennis coaches, tutors, and volunteer mentors. Annual expenses for these categories are:
Coaches and Tutors- $24,000 
Tennis Court Rental- $17,000 
Classroom space- $4,418
Healthy meals & snacks- $3,000
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Our program headquarters is in Will Rogers Park at the OKC Tennis Center. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Youth Development/Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organizational Category Recreation & Sports/Racquet Sports
Programs
Description

This program introduces 2,000 students per year to tennis and life skills lessons. The program is offered in 6-week sessions in partnership with OKC Public Schools, the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, and the OKC Indian Clinic. Tennis is taught in the elementary school gyms to 3 and 4 grade students. 

The United States Tennis Association's life skills and tennis curricula is delivered by community volunteers who have been background checked. Local tennis league and high school teams adopt the schools and fill valuable coaching and mentoring roles.

Each student receives an afternoon snack and is invited to play in a USTA "Team Challenge" at the OKC Tennis Center at the conclusion of the program. Students can also earn scholarships to summer camp based on outstanding character, financial need, and commitment to academics.

Strategy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

By the end of the 6-week program, 90% of students will be able to recite the Red Ball Pledge, listen to coaches and opponents, respect teammates/opponents, display good effort, be responsible for their equipment and belongings, and display good sportsmanship. They will also be able to rally with a partner, keep score, understand basic rules of tennis, communicate with an opponent, and participate in a Team Challenge at the OKC Tennis Center.

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

For students completing the 6-week program, 75% will continue to play tennis into high school. Of the 75% that continue with tennis, 95% will graduate on time from high school, plan to attend college, volunteer in their communities, and report never having been sent to the principal's office.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Students will be given intake and exit surveys to track life skill development. They will be invited to participate in a Team Challenge at the end of the 6-week program, where they will implement life skills on the tennis court and demonstrate an understanding of the rules of the game, respect for themselves, others, and the OKC Tennis Center. 75% or greater retention from Serving Up Aces to the Police Athletic League's "Rally Ball" program (5-6 grades) will also demonstrate success in this introductory level program.

Description

"Serving Up Summer" camp is for under-resourced students in 1-12 grade. Families must be at or below 150% of the US Federal Poverty Guidelines. Tennis is the platform to engage students in life skills and education. Students are recruited from after-school programs based on character, academics, and financial need.

Each camp is 2-3 weeks long, and includes tennis, nutrition, life skills, and education programs. Students are divided into sessions by grade (1-6 grade and 7-12 grade). Each session is further divided by age/maturity, and public school teachers lead classroom activities. Volunteer tutors and tennis instructors are recruited from the local tennis community and high schools.

The camp day is from 7:30 am - 1 pm. Each day includes life-skills, tennis, and education programs, including STEM, nutrition, literacy, financial literacy, and ACT prep. Transportation is provided to the Boys & Girls Club on Western for students who need afternoon care/activities.

Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

95% of students will complete the program and:

(1) Demonstrate the ability to look a person in the eye when having a conversation, shake hands, carry on a conversation, listen and respond to questions.

(2) Articulate methods for controlling negative thoughts or emotions.

(3) Participate in a tennis tournament, where they are required to: check in for matches on time; keep track of their own score; call their opponents shots in or out; communicate with opponents; respect their opponents, the rules, their equipment, spectators, and the facility; and report scores and return balls to the tournament director.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Each student participates in intake and exit surveys that track eating habits (number of fruits/vegetables per day), sleep habits, behavior, number of sugary beverages per day, hours of recreational screen time per day, personal hygiene, and hours of exercise per day.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Classroom activities include nutrition lessons, where students learn about food as energy for our bodies, the U.S. obesity epidemic, health consequences of obesity, and the benefits and detriments of healthy versus unhealthy lifestyles. One of the First Serve moms reported that her two pre-teen sons would not eat anything but fast food meals after tennis. In the middle of camp, the boys began to refuse fast food, opting for healthy meals instead. They began making smoothies and salads as a family for lunch, and their mom was extremely grateful for the positive change!

Description

This year-round program is for 50 students who are looking to challenge themselves and invest in their futures. The program meets for 40 weeks per year, 3 times per week, at the OKC Tennis Center. Each day includes a healthy snack, life skill lesson, and tennis/fitness drills. Students also have the option of playing in USTA tennis tournaments on the weekends. Students must be in 3-12 grades and families must be at or below 150% of the US Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify for this program.

Students progress from one level to the next based not only on tennis metrics, but also life skills metrics. Once students enter 8th grade, they become part of the Leadership Academy. This group meets monthly to work on goal setting, etiquette, resume writing, college and career preparation. Students give back to the program through volunteer service in summer camp, and they are also join a mentoring program. Each student is paired with a younger "mentee" and also an alumni/graduate of the program, who serves as their mentor.

Funding for this program comes primarily from individuals and foundations that want to make a significant investment in the life of an under-resourced student. Each student is paired with a sponsor who supports their tennis, educational programming and life skills lessons on an annual basis. Students provide updates to their sponsors, and sponsors are invited to a Sponsor/Player Tournament and Picnic in the summer. Sponsorship of a Play It Forward student is $3,000/year. Donors who give $1,000 are paired with other donors to sponsor a single student.

Strategy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Short-term success is 95% of students having on-time grade matriculation (moving from grade to grade on time), maintaining a C+ average in school, planning to attend vocational school or college, volunteering in their communities, and reporting never having been sent to the principal's office.

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

Long term success is 95% of students graduating on time from high school, attending college or vocational school, volunteering in their communities, and reporting never having been convicted of a crime.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Students will be given surveys three times per year to track grades, goal setting, volunteer service, and behavior. Students will also progress from one level to the next based on tennis metrics and successful completion of life skills lessons and demonstration of the skills acquired.

Longitudinal studies will be attempted by maintaining contact through the Alumni Program, which will survey students on their college/vocational school studies, careers, and community involvement.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Collin (name has been changed) attended a First Serve OKC summer camp session in his sophomore year. He spent much of the summer with his head down on a table, apparently not engaged in classroom and life skills lessons. He excelled on the tennis court and was pleasant but seemingly unengaged. Collin surprised the staff when he applied for the year-round "Play It Forward" program. He was accepted, and he began to engage more in the community. He made significant progress over the next three years, and he now is employed as the first Student Intern. Collin is a double major at OSU in Accounting and Finance, is applying for international fellowships, obtained 100% scholarship funding for a study-abroad program, and has a summer internship with Williams Companies in Houston.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Emmy Tigert
Start Date Mar 2014
Email emmy.tigert@mshdg.com
Experience
Bachelor of Science in Economics- Oklahoma State University
Juris Doctor- University of Oklahoma 
Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and the US Federal Courts, Western District of Oklahoma 
Former Associate Attorney for Bass Law Firm and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma 
United States Tennis Association- Diversity & Inclusion Chair for Oklahoma and Vice-Chair for Missouri Valley Section 
Certified Tennis Teaching Professional by United States Professional Tennis Association 
Founding Director of Tennis for University of Oklahoma Tennis Club 
 
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 70
Staff Retention Rate 33
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Not Specified 0
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2019
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Collaborations
United States Tennis Association Foundation, Police Athletic League, Fields and Futures, Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Cleats for Kids, OKC Public Schools, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Feed the Children, Wilson Tennis, South OKC Community Tennis Association, Oklahoma City Tennis Association
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2015
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Community Tennis AssociationUnited States Tennis Association2018
Outstanding Diversity AchievementUnited States Tennis Association2018
Diversity AwardUnited States Professional Tennis Association2017
Outstanding Diversity AchievementUnited States Tennis Association2015
Event of the YearUnited States Tennis Association2017
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mark Allen
Company Affiliation Main Street Holdings
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2020
Email mark.allen@mshdg.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 18, 2020
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mark AllenVoting
Julie BeffortVoting
Patrick DonehueFirst United BankVoting
Kelly GrayVoting
Phillip LancasterVoting
Jon McNaughtVoting
Gregg WadleyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Not specified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Finance
Board Governance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kay BreznyOSSLA
Ms. Roxy CastnerRed Dirt Property Team
Mr. Logon CollinsCrossFirst Bank
Mr. Steve HenryOKC Public Tennis
Mr. Brandon O'GaraEcho Energy
Ms. Jessica ReyesParent
Mr. Tim RitchieOKC Public Tennis
Ms. Colleen StevensNew York Life
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $361,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $343,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Contributions$287,335$353,311$923,678
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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$7,118$10,630$3,989
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$12$44
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$39,895$17,665$63,192
Revenue In-Kind--$6,625--
Other----$672
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$303,267$167,976$222,953
Administration Expense$35,367$54,984$103,591
Fundraising Expense$2,423$25,871$3,290
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.563.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%68%68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%7%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$336,875$345,427$204,172
Current Assets$335,441$345,369$203,678
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$1,843--
Total Net Assets$336,875$343,584$204,172
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--187.40--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $287,335Contributions $353,311Contributions $923,678
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $39,895Special Events $17,665Special Events $63,192
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $7,118Earned Revenue $10,630Earned Revenue $3,989
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Our financial data for 2014-2016 includes a capital campaign that funded construction of 6 indoor tennis courts and 6 outdoor youth tennis courts at the OKC Tennis Center. Our annual program campaign has been steadily increasing year to year, from $40,000 in 2014 to our current 2020 goal of $361,000.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
 
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Address 7301 N. Broadway Extension
Ste 224
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73116 9070
Primary Phone 405 315-3822
Contact Email emmy.tigert@mshdg.com
CEO/Executive Director Emmy Tigert
Board Chair Mark Allen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Main Street Holdings