The James Lewis Education and Tennis Foundation was formed to
provide scholarships to junior tennis players; support educational
and character development programs; and support overall tennis
play and tennis skills development. It was established on February
14, 1995 and received its tax exemption status as a 501(c)(3)
in July of 1995.
On March 16, 1996, Mr. James Lewis Sr. was the first African
American to be inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Foundation acquired a lease for the Ensley Tennis Center
on March 3, 1998 from the Birmingham Park Board and they approved
the renaming of the Ensley Tennis Center to the James
Lewis Tennis Center on April 25, 1998.
Seven years later on May 2, 2007, the Foundation was proud to
acquire a second location at George Ward Park called the George
Ward Tennis Center.