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Innovative Sports & Education Academy, Inc.

"positive impact on present and future generations"

As President and CEO of Innovative Sports and Education Academy (ISEA), Inc., I want to share our mission statement with you. Innovative Sports and Education Academy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote tennis, educational and charitable activities to be carried out for the purpose of educating, encouraging, promoting, and advancing performance in tennis, education, health, and life skills. ISEA is focused on promoting education and the enjoyment of sports by helping health-conscious individuals and tennis players of all levels establish a solid foundation for life. Our goal is to help individuals to play better tennis, experience a healthier lifestyle, and positively impact their education. ISEA proposes to encourage participation and improvement in competitive tennis and education to broaden high school and college opportunities; promote a healthy lifestyle; provide instruction in tennis, education, and life skills. The overall purpose of the academy is to establish a solid foundation in tennis, education, and life. We will provide individual instruction in tennis and fitness fundamentals as well as provide individual fitting of tennis equipment. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again!

Lonnie Wooden

President & CEO


CHICAGO – Can you imagine the world of tennis without Serena and Venus Williams?

There was a time when Black athletes weren't allowed on the same playing field. Fortunately, there were many African-American women who ignored the biases and contributed greatly to the soul and success of sports. In honor of February's Black History Month, Chicago State will honor its 1991-92 undefeated women's tennis team, one of the first in American history to triumph on the college tennis courts.

CSU Tennis will honor the team on Jan. 26 in a ceremony that will take place at the Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center during halftime of the CSU men's basketball team's game against CSU Bakersfield that is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

In the fall of 1991, seven African-American women made history on the south side of Chicago under the direction of head coach Lonnie Wooden. These ladies went undefeated by completing a 20-0 fall season which followed a 17-4 record in 1990-91. The Cougars knocked off a myriad of opponents during this season that included Butler, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, UIC, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Valparaiso, Milwaukee and Green Bay. This year makes the 25th anniversary of the team making this historic accomplishment.

Titania Turner, Tiffany Brown, Cynthia Pitts, Martha Gates, Angela Gipson, Crystal Embry and Marion Pitts became the FIRST and ONLY all African-American female NCAA Division I team to go undefeated in a season. At the time, this headlined local sports news to national media coverage, including Tennis Magazine, the industry's leading media outlet.

CHICAGO – Three members of the 1991-92 Chicago State University women's tennis team will be featured this Sunday morning on the Sports Edition on local TV station ME-TV, hosted by Kenny McReynolds.

McReynolds will interview team standouts Crystal Embry and Angela Gipson, and head coach Lonnie Wooden.

CSU Tennis will honor the team, who finished with a 20-0 record and is the lone African-American female team in NCAA Division I history to post a perfect season, at the Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center during halftime of the CSU-CSU Bakersfield men's basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The show will be broadcast at 7 a.m. on ME-TV with a replay being aired on THE UTOO at 9:30 a.m. Link to interview:

Background Summary:

Lonnie Wooden's strong interest in youth provided the motivation to be the founder of Innovative Sports and Education Foundation, Inc., in 2014 and expanded to Innovative Sports and Education Academy, Inc., in 2015. Lonnie is recognized as a professional who has unique leadership, administrative, and coaching skills which can make a difference. He is a fully accredited tennis pro/coach. He has twenty-five years of college and individual tennis coaching experience. Mr. Wooden is also the founder of Innovative Sports and Education Academy (formerly Innovative Tennis Training Center). The dream to develop young talent was realized through the creation of the tennis training center. More than 18,000 young people have participated in the Lonnie Wooden Innovative Tennis Training Center since its inception in 1996.