Mitch & Friends

Mitch ’n Friends is an inclusive tennis program geared towards kids who face unique challenges, primarily those who have experienced difficulty participating in tennis programs due to a mental or physical condition. The program doesn’t turn away any child on the basis of needs.

During the Edwardsville Futures, Mitch ’n Friends participants can play with some of the Futures’ tennis players, learn from local tennis professionals and eat pizza while socializing with their peers. At the 2015 Mitch ’n Friends clinic, sixteen kids enjoyed playing with University of Illinois players and several members of the Edwardsville High School tennis teams.

Mitch ’n Friends was created by Edwardsville High School tennis coach David Lipe in appreciation of Mitchell McGinnis, a four-year participant on the Edwardsville High School tennis team and twin brother of former EHS standout Morgan McGinnis. The program was initially funded by local donors and enhanced by memorials in honor of Mitchell’s late grandfather, John McGinnis, who passed away May 16, 2013.

Mitch ’n Friends is always looking for new participants and donors that can continue to make these clinics possible. Anyone wishing to get involved can contact David Lipe at

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