Founded in 1995 with one location at Chattahoochee Plantation, Universal Tennis Academy has since grown to include seven other locations located throughout the Atlanta area. At the Joseph D. McGhee Tennis Center and Washington Park Tennis Center, tennis pros help developing players hone their skills with focused drills, match play, and challenge ladders, focusing on attitude and work ethic as well as technique. Eight of McGhee's nine hard courts and all eight of Washington Park's courts stay lit in the evening, allowing competitors to play their unresolved matches in the dark without lighting the ball on fire.
One Step Above encompasses a crew of urban professionals who sought a classier alternative to dance moves they witnessed in the club scene. Harkening back to a grander time, they specialize in styles such as Detroit (urban) ballroom, Chicago stepping, and soul line dancing, choreographing routines that earned them a Best Choreography award at the Usher’s New Look summer camp and a spot in the movie Stomp the Yard. During classes, instructors stress the lead-and-follow relationship, working with each student at their individual pace.
As children, two brothers witnessed firsthand the violence that can destroy a home. As adults, the vowed that their daughters would never suffer the same fate. That?s why they founded Divas In Defense, a safe haven for girls and women to learn self-defense techniques. At their personal-safety classes and self-defense workshops, healthy self-esteem and mental strength develop naturally as women learn how to use their own bodies or those of any nearby mannequins to defend themselves. Trainers hone simple strikes and kicks at beginner classes, which evolve into ground techniques at intermediate classes and defense against armed attackers at advanced classes. Their Girls Can Fight Too! program welcomes students as young as 7 to learn how to stave off bullying, date violence, and interact appropriately online, among other skills.
Karate encompasses much more than just the physical realm. The instructors at Kick Start Martial Arts understand this, and that's why they work to shape students not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. The tool they use is tang soo do, a Korean martial art that inspired modern tae kwon do. It incorporates kung fu, tai chi, and Japanese karate, which means that martial-arts classes for children and adults include hand and foot moves along with self-defense and physical conditioning.
PartnershipsInAction's three races—a 5K run and walk, a youth 1K run, and a 100-yard dash—gets runners’ endorphins pumping for a charitable cause. 100 percent of the proceeds go towards funding programs to alleviate global poverty in all parts of the world. The nonprofit organization fights hunger, illiteracy, and disease in the developing world, marshalling grassroots and community-based solutions.