Our Mission

ACEing Autism is on a mission for children with autism to grow, develop and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming, uniquely serving individual needs while filling a national void for this growing and worthy population.

How It All Started

ACEing Autism was founded in the summer of 2008 by Richard Spurling & Dr. Shafali Jeste in Boston, MA as a family run organization with the invaluable efforts of its volunteers & supporters. We launched our first program at The Longfellow Club, Wayland (MA) with 15 children. In the spring of 2009 we added a second location, The Weymouth Club in Weymouth (MA). Richard quickly realized that he could greatly enhance the lives of children and families with autism through tennis, and he made a commitment to dedicate his career to the development and expansion of ACEing Autism.

In early 2010, Shafali was recruited to the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment, a center that has been a leader in the field of autism research for decades. Shafali and Richard relocated to Los Angeles in 2010, and since then Richard has focused on program development and expansion. ACEing Autism now has sites in Los Angeles, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville, and Indianapolis. The expansion continues, as we are just beginning to meet the needs of the thousands of children with autism across the country

Our success lies in our commitment to tailoring the program to the needs of each individual child with autism. In 2013, Richard was honored with the USPTR’s Humanitarian of Year Award for his work building this program, and in August 2014 ACEing Autism was given the USTA’s Community Service Award.

ACEing Autism has been featured on the Tennis Channel, and in April 2014 Head Penn became an official equipment supplier, providing all tennis equipment for our children to use during their sessions.

We currently service more than 500 children with autism across 80 locations nationwide. We are passionate about our mission to connect kids through tennis, and we look forward to meeting volunteers, families, and children on our courts across the country as we continue to grow.

Our Vision

ACEing Autism aims to be the preeminent thought leader on how tennis and sport develops children with autism spectrum disorder by reaching 50% of the 1M+ families in the autism community and helping them become aware of ACEing Autism, while impacting an increasing percentage of those reached with ACEing’s unique programming.


Inclement Weather

If a class must be cancelled due to inclement weather we will post a message on the top of our home page by 11:00am on the day of class.

Refund Policy

If ACEing Autism must cancel a clinic due to inclement weather we will provide you with a credit for the next session or a reimbursement for the canceled clinic. Refunds will not be issued for participant cancellations.

Make A Donation To ACEing Autism

ACEing Autism is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your donations help us buy necessary tennis equipment, teaching supplies, pay for court time, support autism community events and invest in growing our program.

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ACEing Autism
2001 South Barrington Ave., Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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