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Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC)

The SETLC is a world-class, state-of-the-art, premier tennis facility located in Ward 8. The center serves as a model for public/private partnerships, sharing resources and talents of the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) and DPR. The crown jewel facility offers tennis programming for residents of all ages. The center has served more than 10,000 District youth by providing tennis instruction, tutoring, life skills, developmental chess, a computer room, a library, educational and personal reinforcement to the District’s youth since 2001. 

Nationally renowned programs such as coding, Sew N Know, Blacks in Wax, USTA Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and SETLC Summer Camp empower youth.  The facility is home to the George Washington University Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams. SETLC hosts 20 USTA-sanctioned tournaments a year and USTA Adult Winter Leagues. SETLC features a Tennis Wing and an Education Wing. SETLC underwent an $18 million renovation, completed in 2015. Phase 2 of the renovations are scheduled soon.

Blacks in Wax is a premier life-changing experiential learning program for District youth. Blacks in Wax takes child athletes from a drama workshop after school at a recreation center to performing at the world-renowned Kennedy Center in a matter of months. Blacks in Wax is living art and an innovative model of arts and education! Watch the 2024 performance at the Kennedy Center here.


General Information

Address: 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Ward: 8
Nearest Metro: Congress Heights (Green)
Parking: Parking lot available
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
Closed Sunday
Contact: Direct: (202) 645-6242
Email: Customer Service


  • Indoor
    • 48,000-square-foot indoor facility
    • 6 state-of-the-art interior hard courts
    • Mezzanine spectator seating for more than 400 people
    • Fitness room
    • Computer Room with 20 computers
    • Library
    • Sewing Room
    • Engineering Room
    • Multipurpose Room
    • Kitchen
    • Interior design services were provided by Venus Williams and her interior design firm V* Star Interiors.
  • Outdoor
    • 7 outdoor courts (6 hard courts, 1 clay-tech)
    • Tennis-themed playground

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