The SPUT Store
Youth Social Entrepreneurship
The SPUT Store began as an initiative by Saint Paul Urban Tennis to teach young people about small business development through our Employment leadership pathway. The Youth Social Entrepreneurship program gives young people their seed money to start a business who then seek to start a successful venture by networking with other small business owners, attending workshops, and researching information. Young people create the products, set prices, make decisions about marketing and strategy, and ultimately... they keep all the profits. Often, the best way to learn is to do.
Currently, the SPUT Store is featuring products developed by participants in the Warrior Leadership Academy in partnership with innovative community businesses. Fill your home with relaxing scents and start conversations with SPUT SPIRIT Candles. Encourage yourself and others to pause and reflect with apparel from Clarity Collective. And, represent your favorite youth organization with Saint Paul Urban Tennis apparel.
Meet the SPUT Store Leadership Team
Tony Wang is a part of the class of 2021 at Central High School. He first found out about SPUT through his tennis captains during his freshman year when he was first introduced to tennis. Ever since then, he’s been constantly impressed by the SPUT programs and community. Besides tennis, some of Tony’s hobbies include reading, graphic design, drawing and playing the tenor saxophone. Tony is also the Media and Marketing captain on his school robotics team and enjoys designing and machining complex parts. Additionally, this year he chose to pursue one of his aspirations: his clothing brand Clarity Collective! His favorite tennis player is Denis Shapavolov.
Hunter Lo will be graduating as part of the class 2020. He first got to know SPUT over its summer program in his 7th grade year, and he simply fell in love with the program. Ever since then he has participated in the warriors program and been involved in volunteering and coaching for the organization. Hunter’s hobbies include music, reading, and mathematics. As a captain, he plays 2 singles for his school tennis team and is greatly involved with other extracurricular activities including: math team, soccer, National Honors Society, and Orchestra. He likes to spend his time playing piano and violin throughout the day.
Emma Clift is a sophomore at Central High School. She first got involved with SPUT through summer group lessons when she was in elementary school. Besides tennis Emma plays badminton, goes on long bike rides, plays the saxophone, and other instruments. Other extracurricular activities Emma is involved in includes Jazz band, Honors bands, Youth Group, and recently joined National Honors Society. Emma’s favorite tennis player is Mattock-Sands because she wears very fun socks!
Ashley Nguyen is part of the class of 2023. She got introduced to SPUT by her cousins, who have been a part of SPUT for 3 years. Ashley started in SPUT’s summer program, and has loved it ever since. For fun, Ashley loves to hang out with her friends, and she enjoys the lake. Ashley also plays the piano, violin, and the bells for her morning church. Her favorite tennis player is Nick Kyrgios!