The Net Rushers Community Tennis Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide “Free” tennis instructions to young people in an inclusive and diverse environment, as a tool that enhances their tennis skills, personal growth, physical health and academic success.


The Net Rushers Community Tennis Association was organized by the late Erma J. Owens more 25 years ago.  She developed a love for tennis after graduating from college and quickly noticed the lack of diversity within the tennis community.

Erma’s goal was to give all young people the opportunity to be exposed to tennis.  Consequently, the Net Rushers developed the mission of promoting tennis in the St. Louis Metropolitan area by providing “free” tennis instructions to culturally diverse youth.  The Net Rushers tennis program provides recreational and competitive tennis experiences for young people from ages 4 years – 18 years old to enhance their physical, intellectual and social skills.  Meanwhile, the program has produced many junior players who are participating in USTA programs and playing college tennis.   A great percentage of Net Rushers players have received full, four year academic and tennis scholarships.  In addition, the Net Rushers Tennis Association have received many accolades over the years, a few examples are: Outstanding Community Tennis Award for St. Louis and Missouri Valley, Community Service Excellence Award, NJTL Sectional Chapter of The Year, A Gold Star Recipient for Outstanding Service to the Sport of Tennis and Outstanding Contributor for the USTA Team Tennis Award.  The Net Rushers have supported Team Tennis by sponsoring teams each year, and often placing first or second place for the season.   One of the Net Rushers Tennis Association’s most powerful attribute is their quest to nurture future leaders, while empowering players to succeed on the tennis courts, in the classroom and in life.  The organization uses tennis as a vehicle to help players develop life skills that are necessary to advance in school, and transition into adulthood, as productive, successful citizens. 


If you’re interested in supporting us, please look into our membership program or consider donating. We try and make it as easy as possible for anyone to get involved so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


Roy Taylor

Mary Owens-Hudson
Vice President

Celeste Dotson

Betty Richardson

Arthur Jordan
Community Liaison

Ernest Coleman
Parent Liaison

L.D. Jones
Tennis Coach Coordinator

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