Giving children of Cameroon hope

through the sport of tennis

Our work is guided by these core values:

Commitment - to our purpose and mission
Teamwork - on and off the courts
Accountability - in everything we do
Optimism - in all that is possible when given the opportunity to try
Respect - for every human life


To provide children in Cameroon, Africa the opportunity to improve their lives through the sport of tennis.

We envision a Cameroon where every child has developed the skills and confidence to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

For the past two decades OTA has provided over 12,000 children with access to tennis equipment, food, clothing, education, and tournament opportunities



Press Release

Due to COVID-19 OTA has had to temporarily shut down all of our centers across Cameroon except the academy at Souza, the heart of OTA. Currently 50 people including Joseph, the children and staff are sheltering there. Schools are closed but are scheduled to open soon. The children are wearing masks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene along with their tennis on the 8 beautiful courts you have previously helped us to build. Battling COVID-19 takes on a special significance when you...



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This is Leigh. She is 8 years old now. She has been playing tennis since she was three. This video was taken when she was five. There are at least 20 more children with her extraordinary ability. The only resource they have is OTA. OTA takes children from the age of three and through tennis, helps them develop not only tennis skills but life skills. Everyone benefits, though not all have Leigh’s potential. With your help, Leigh and others like her might someday play on the world stage, might someday be number one in the world! This will not happen without OTA and without your support. Please consider a generous donation now to help Leigh and the other 1,250 children in the OTA program reach their full potential.

Ongoing Campaigns - Donate Now!


    Donation: $35,950.00 / $100,000.00
    The academy at Souza is the heart of OTA. There are 50 people currently living on the campus, 42 children and 8 staff, including Joseph. Money for food will run out by mid August, medical and sanitary supplies are in short supply and maintenance to the water supply system, campus and courts must be continued. Recently 6 children have had to be treated for malaria, typhoid and possibly COVID-19 at a cost of over $6,000. The children and staff at Souza grapple daily with life and death issues yet remain hopeful of a life post COVID-19 but they urgently need your help to do so.
  2. 2020 OTA Program Needs

    Donation: $1,000.00 / $260,000.00
    OTA provides children in Cameroon, Africa a safe haven from the oppression of poverty and the opportunity to improve their lives through the sport of tennis. We envision a Cameroon where every child has developed the skills and confidence to build a better future for themselves and their communities. With your help we know it's possible! Donations are used to provide all of these children with food, clothing, tennis equipment, training, and the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
  3. Souza Tennis Center Fund

    Donation: $783,220.00 / $1,500,000.00
    In 2012, a single donation was made to purchase a sixteen acre plot of land about 25 miles outside the capital of Douala, Cameroon. It was acquired with the purpose of creating an oasis for the children of OTA, a place where they could live, study and train - a place where they could feel safe and call their own. In the past few years we have built a facility that currently houses 24 of OTA’s most deserving kids. They are housed, fed and receive tennis training on campus and are bussed daily to local schools to continue their formal education. The vision for the future is that more than 250 children can live, train and be educated on site at the Souza Academy, giving them incredible access to opportunities previously beyond their reach. To realize this vision we will be working hard to raise the funds needed to continue construction and keep moving plans forward. The facility currently includes four clay courts and two completed hard courts, with an additional two hard courts slated to be completed this year. There is a dormitory capable of housing sixteen boys and sixteen girls, complete with separate bathrooms and showers! There are two buildings to house the staff, three small study pavilions, a water tower, pineapple fields, a very primitive kitchen and as of January 2019, there is electricity in the middle of the jungle! Our goal over ten years starting in 2012 was to raise $1,500,000.00 USD to make this vision a reality. We have raised about half this amount through 2018 and are looking to be able to complete the Souza Academy by the end of 2022.

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