Winward Academy Supports Opportunities for Elite High School Athletes

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Partnership with University Sports Program brings support to hundreds of international athletes.

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Elite high school tennis players compete in the USP Winter College Tennis Showcase in Naples, Florida

"We’re thrilled to partner with Winward Academy to ensure our athletes have access to educational resources that will open as many doors as possible.” - Thomas Anderson, CEO of University Sports Program

Athletic and academic achievements are highlighted through the University Sports Program (USP) Winter College Tennis Showcase. “In the past, these athletic showcases have been primarily focused on highlighting the athletic talent,” shared USP CEO, Thomas Anderson. “However, without support for academics and an emphasis on academics, students will not develop holistically nor be fully prepared for a college athlete experience. For this reason, we’re thrilled to partner with Winward Academy to ensure our athletes have access to educational resources that will open as many doors as possible.”

The two-day showcase brought together 183 players and their family members with 121 college coaches, all looking to recruit the top high school tennis players in the world and award them scholarships. Three hundred and thirty matches were played with a unique team format that took the competitive experience to the next level. College tennis coaches from all divisions were in attendance, opening up opportunities for students to learn more about the college athlete experience.

Dr. Jennifer Winward, the founder and CEO of Winward Academy, led workshops for students and their parents about balancing academics as a college athlete; about preparing for success on the ACT and SAT exams; and about valuing the academic journey. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to support the world’s top tennis prospects and to ensure they’re maximizing their success both on the tennis court and in the classroom,” shared Winward.

Also in attendance was Coach Dave Fish, the Men’s Tennis Coach at Harvard University for over 40 years. He advised students on how to take on challenges, rather than avoid them, and he talked about the importance of teens building an unassailable character. He emphasized repeatedly that “exposure creates composure” and that students should embrace opportunities for growth and confidence.

For more information about upcoming USP college tennis showcases, please contact the USP Team at or (305) 554-1124.

About Winward Academy
Test success, college success, and life success – they all begin at Winward Academy, a research-based, student-centered learning platform for the ACT, SAT, math class, and college applications. Winward Academy applies a scientific approach to customize learning for each student, enabling growth for students of all levels and learning styles. Winward Academy is a team of passionate adolescent learning researchers committed to thoughtfully developing a curriculum that improves learning, retention, and test performance – building confidence for life. Winward Academy curriculum is used by students at home, by teachers in the classroom, and by charities in after-school and summer programs. For more information on Winward Academy, see or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About University Sports Program
University Sports Program has been involved in college athletic recruiting for 24 years and organizing College Tennis Showcases since 2001. Over 1600 student-athletes have been successfully placed in prestigious universities with attractive athletic and/or academic scholarships. Some of the colleges include Harvard, Dartmouth, Rice, UPenn, Miami, Florida State, Auburn, Davidson, Alabama, Baylor, TCU, South Carolina, Pepperdine, Purdue, Louisville, Notre Dame, Tulane, Florida, Kentucky, Lehigh, Clemson, Boston, Oklahoma, Hofstra, Kenyon, Kansas, St. John’s, Georgetown, George Washington, South Carolina, Denver, and many more.

With offices in Miami, Florida, the USP advances its mission to match athletically talented students with colleges and universities that will help them to compete, learn, and grow into successful adults. Learn more at

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