ICT was founded in 1952
InnerCity Tennis (ICT) is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) non-profit, originally founded in 1952 to help young tennis players with limited means pay for equipment, coaching and access to tournament play.
In the 1970s, the focus of the non-profit broadened with the goal of making tennis lessons and programs available to more children and youth. As a result, beginner tennis programming was offered by volunteer instructors in cooperation with the City of Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Summer Parks Programs in urban neighborhoods.
In the late 1990s, ICT developed Kidspeed, an early childhood initiative for ages 3-6. Kidspeed, a signature program, is developmentally appropriate for young children, consisting of multiple activity stations which children rotate through in seven minute intervals. At the same time, ICT continues to offer beginner to advanced tennis group lessons and programming to children and youth age 7 through age 17.
In 2000, ICT purchased the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center, its first home base for operations.