Ella Hill Hutch Community Center has been core to life in the Western Addition for more than 30 years. A full-service site, the center boasts a gymnasium, playground, community gardens, classroom space, a computer lab, and four newly resurfaced tennis courts. All programming at Ella Hill Hutch is sponsored and/or coordinated by Collective Impact, a community-based organization, and Magic Zone, a direct-service youth development nonprofit. A collaborative of partner agencies who support under-served youth in the Western Addition, Mo’MAGIC, is convened by the Office of the Public Defender and administered out of Ella Hill Hutch as well; these partner agencies and their students make use of the community center regularly.
One of the standout programs offered at Ella Hill Hutch is made possible through a community partnership with the United States Tennis Association and Collective Impact. The tennis courts at Ella Hill Hutch are open to the public Monday through Saturday; anyone is welcome to reserve time and play on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to being available to the general public, more than 100 Fillmore District youth during the school year, and more than 300 young people during the summer months, take regular lessons on the Ella Hill Hutch courts. Spearheading these USTA efforts at the community center is Magic Zone staff member Michael Hall. Coach Mike is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Western Addition. He had a stellar prep career at Mission High School, and went on to play NCAA D-II tennis at Hampton University in Virginia, before his pro career (1989-1994) took him to tournament play all around the world. As a lifelong resident of the Fillmore District, Mike is thrilled to partner with USTA to coach neighborhood youth, who represent a broad range of ability and experience levels, through tennis lessons at Ella Hill Hutch. It’s a special highlight for Coach Mike to be able to share his love of the game with young people from his own community and lead his students through the importance of sportsmanship, focus, and commitment.