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Our Mission:
Introducing the joy of tennis to the children (and adults) of Anguilla and promoting regional integration through the sport of tennis. Read more on our mission and philosophy

Our Anguilla Team:
Mitch Lake
Jason Allen
Marvin Hazell
Vallan Hodge
Denny Derrick

Pioneer Sponsor:

Associates:
Bill Riddle
Chris Wade
Robert Cox
Jonathan Collazo
Iston Benjamin
Patrick Helton
Coach B

Universities working with the ATA:

Cumberland University-Tennessee
Arkansas University- Arkansas
Auburn University


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Our New Projects:
The After-School Program
The Plans
International Donors
Sponsorship Levels
Buy A Brick
Thanks to Donors

Our Projects:
2005 Summer Camp
All About 2004!
2004 Summer Camp
Tennis Camp 2003
Tennis Camp 2002
Tennis Camp 2001
Tennis Camp 2000
Tennis Camp 99.
Tennis Camp 98.
Lighted Public Courts.
Tennis Camp 97.
Tennis Camp 96.

Other Anguilla Activities

What Do the Children Say?

"I would like to be a tennis player because it improves my concentration, because I would like to travel the world and because it is fun. I would like to improve my serve. My favorite tennis player is Pete Sampras."

To read more of the children's thoughts: Click Here.

College Scholarships Available for Qualified Players

Contact Mitch Lake for details.

Sponsors:

CuisinArt Resort and Spa

Rendezvous Bay Hotel

Arawak Beach Inn

Anguilla Great House

La Sirena Hotel

Caribbbean Cable Communictions

Caribbean Commercial Bank

National Bank of Anguilla

Cable and Wireless.
Frangipani Beach Club.
Ferryboat Inn.
Anglec.
ABC Supplies.
Strawhat Restaurant.
Georgeous Scilly Cay.
Triple K Car Rental.
Anguilla Printers Ltd.
Courtney Abel and Assoc.
Cap Juluca Hotel.
Scotiabank.
CoveCastles.
Fairplay Group of Companies.
Haskins Ltd.
Malliouhana Hotel.
Anguilla Social Security Board.
Ripples Restaurant.
The Pumphouse.

Contact Us:
Mitchelle Lake
Email: anguilla70@yahoo.com
Tel: 264-476-3234
Fax: 264-497-8214

US Addr: Box 1192
Middleburg, Virginia
20118-1192

Jason Allen
Tel: 264-476-0697

Marvin Hazell
Tel: 264-235-8511

Anguilla Tennis Academy Inc.
P.O. Box 548
The Valley
Anguilla
British West Indies


Anguilla Tennis Academy Inc.

Mitchelle Lake

Age: 29

Date of Birth: 11/7/75

Origin: Anguillian

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Mitchelle Lake is a very accomplished man as he has achieved many accolades at such a young age. He is the founder and director of he Anguilla Tennis Academy, a program that is currently in its ninth year of operation. Nevertheless, 2004 has been monumental because of the groundbreaking at the state of the art tennis facility being built in the Blowing Point area of Anguilla. This facility and program are Mitchelle's lifelong dream becoming a reality. His undying devotion to his country speaks for itself and is tangible in the hearts of the many children he has aided in not only athletic prowess but character as well.

Here is Mitch at a training camp in Pawling NY with (left to right) James, Frank and Peter.

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His dream of bringing tennis to the island of Anguilla began while attending Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. He realized that he was afforded an opportunity to receive an education free of charge based on the fact that he excelled at tennis. Anguilla has no university, therefore children must seek other avenues and not everyone can excel at academics and tennis like he has.

Tennis can be a medium by which children can learn a great deal about life through a sport that teaches discipline, character, and a strong work ethic. Moreover, the values learned through the sport can be translated into other facets of life, mainly academics. Therefore, in the summer of 1996 he decided to give back to his fellow countrymen by dedicating three weeks of the summer by providing a free summer tennis camp for children on the island who possessed an interest in tennis. Since the ATA's inception, the program has grown beyond imagination. Over 1000 children, both national and international, have been influenced by the sport and program.

Although his dream was to give back to the community, the overwhelming support he received made him realize that the facilities were inadequate on the island. Therefore, he set his goals high and with much help from his country and members of the international community, the state of the art tennis facility is currently being built. Mitchelle plans to keep the program as a non-profit organization with all proceeds being donated; to the Anguillian children.

Mitch is truly an exceptional human being whose relentless devotion to his country is doing much for Anguilla's youth. Mitch has been quoted as saying, "My life is what it is today because of tennis and all I want to do now is give back so that people can have similar experiences like mine. The Anguilla Tennis Academy is my lifelong dream and I am proud of the children and other Anguillians for supporting me in this worthwhile endeavor. Any child who wants to excel at tennis and go to college will receive all the help he or she needs."

Bringing Tennis To The Children

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Personal information about Mr. Lake

Mitchelle Lake, native of Anguilla, was born on November 7, 1975. He began playing tennis at the age of 11, under the instruction of Mr. Eric Martineau. He captured his first local title when he won the 1990 Eric Martineau tennis tournament. Other local and regional accomplishments include:

1992 Eric Martineau Men's Doubles Finalist
1992 Eric Martineau Men's Singles Finalist
1993 Eric Martineau Men's Singles Finalist
1993 Eric Martineau Mixed Doubles Finalist
1993 Anguilla Open Men's Singles Winner
1994 PBK Caribbean Grand Prix Men's Doubles Finalist
1994 Port De Plaisance Men's Doubles Finalist
1994 Port De Plaisance Singles Finalist

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In June of 1999, Mitch completed a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. He was a prominent member of the Gardner-Webb University Men's tennis team where he received many honors such as the Most Improved Athlete. Mitch was also a member of the South Atlantic Conference Men's All Academic Team and the Gardner-Webb University Academic All Sports team. He also won many matches at the collegiate level in both singles and doubles. He also holds tournament titles from sanctioned USTA Men's Open events; among those are the Peachtree Open, Nc Men's doubles champion.

You can contact Mitch at:

e-mail: anguilla70@yahoo.com