International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New IRC Tennis Program

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently funded the IRC in San Diego to operate a year-long tennis program at the IRC Students Plus Program held at Crawford High in City Heights. Students will receive tennis instruction once per week during the school year and summer.  They will also participate in the IRC academic tutoring program. 

The USTA funding will pay for coaching, tennis racquets, and equipment. The students are excited to learn a new sport.

The Students Plus Afterschool Program provides daily English and academic support students at Crawford High. In addition to academic enrichment, the Students Plus Program also provides extracurricular activities such as sports, music, gardening, and public speaking. Last school year, over 700 students participated in IRC programs at Crawford.

Crawford is one of the most diverse campuses in the San Diego Unified School District. Interspersed in each ethnic grouping are students from approximately 22 countries speaking over 40 languages. Some of the countries represented include Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Mexico, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, and Vietnam.   Over 30% of the students are refugees. 

The IRC has operated the Students Plus Program at Crawford since 1995.

For more information, please contact Students Plus Program Manager Carolyn Smyth at

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