About

Since the 1970s we’ve been finding ways to use the game of tennis to reach both children and adults with the life-changing message of the gospel. Throughout the U.S. and around the world, our goal is to serve the needs of college and professional tennis players while helping them grow in their relationship with God. With trained staff on over 100 college campuses across the United States, Athletes in Action is purposeful in encouraging student athletes to know, grow, and go with Jesus into the world in which they are called.  

Our Purpose:  Help you grow in your faith and use your God-given talents to build life-changing bridges in the world of tennis.

Our Plan:  Partner with local churches and tennis clubs for housing and tennis outreach events and involve daily practices, Bible study, tournament competition, and fun!

AIA Tennis Opportunities include:

  • Global competitive team trips
  • U.S. ITA college tournament team trips
  • U.S. Pro "Futures" tourament team trips
  • Ultimate Traning Camp

IMAGINE!

  • Teaching tennis at an orphanage in Nepal to children who have probably have never held a tennis racquet
  • Traveling around the world and seeing sights and hearing sounds you’ve probably only witnessed on the Amazing Race
  • Catching your breath as you take in the magnificence of Mount Everest
  • Competing with and against some of the world’s best tennis players, then sharing a post-game meal while you talk about tennis, life and how faith plays a special part in both for you
  • Learning how to better love God and people as you benefit from the wisdom and authentic life experiences of fellow Christian athletes and mentors
  • Coming home with new friends, with your mind and heart full of memories and your life forever changed

Tours

Director: Rich Benson
Locations: U of Louisville & Michigan State 
Contact: tennis@athletesinaction.org
Dates: July 9-26, 2016
Cost: $1800 including lunches and dinners
About: This co-ed team will practice, compete, and serve together while conducting ministry outreach events designed to reach the tennis community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The team will arrive, complete orientation and training at AIA's Total Athlete Complex in Xenia, OH prior to our competion. Tour includes housing, coaching, (2) team jerseys, Bible, Team T-Card, all lunches, some dinners and transportation during the tour. Players are responsible for transportation to and from Xenia, tournament entry fees, some breakfasts and incidentals. Once accepted, you will be given instructons on registering for the tournament itself. Remember, team members need to enter the two ITA tournaments and pay all entry fees themselves.  Go to ITATennis.com for entry details.  Please pay entries for both singles and doubles. 

All tours are open to all current collegiate tennis players and athletes. Each tour is a ministry event, therefore, all participants must follow NCAA guidelines for raising funds. 

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Ready to Join Us on a tour this summer?

Click the link to fill out an application and one of our staff members will get in touch with you as soon as you complete it!
To learn more and read some FAQ's about travelling with AIA, visit our FAQ Page

Alumni Endorsements

"I loved going on the Athletes in Action trip because it created an atmosphere where I could train hard, compete, and improve in my sport. Most importantly, the trip gave me a great opportunity to use my sport as a platform to share the Gospel of Christ with others. I would encourage everyone to take a trip with Athletes in Action!"

Josiah Boah - AIA US Tennis Tour

"We arrived as strangers, after a couple weeks of sharing God's love, amazing experiences, overcoming challenges, laughter, and love, we left as friends! I will remember this trip for a lifeftime. This experience was such a blessing and taught me to have faith and trust in the power of God's love."

Samatha Murphy - AIA US Tennis Tour

"Going back to my home country of Nepal with AIA Tennis was a great experience to use the sport that I love in order to bring the the gospel back to my home country."

Sarita Adhikary - Nepal

"My trip in 2006 is still to this day the most exhilirating trip of my life. It was a gift from God saying keep enjoying the sport of tennis and making my name known through it. I have used that encouragement to continue pursuing my Tennis Coaching career. While taking opportunities I to share my love of Christ and love for those I meet. It's an exhilirating calling God has given me!
Go on an AIA trip and allow God to use your talent and passion for a greater purpose beyond yourself!!"

Kyle Bowser - AIA US Tennis Tour