COMMUNITY

The River Forest Tennis Club prides itself on being a good neighbor. Our tennis instruction and swim lesson programs have been a mainstay in the community for decades. Each year, we host the CDTA Tournament and a Collegiate Tennis Invitational, both free to the public. 


HUNTER QUIGLEY COE SWIM SCHOLARSHIP

This was a new scholarship created in 2021 in honor of a cherished member and lifeguard of the RFTC.  This scholarship will help under served children learn how to swim.  The RFTC was able to partner with Hephzibah and sponsor 12 residents to take swimming lessons. The scholarship was created by generous donations from the Board, RFTC Community Chairs and the Swimathon!


SWIMATHON

RFTC's first swimathon was held in 2020. Members raised money by swimming lengths of the pool - a total of $10,000 was donated to the Chicago Community Covid-19 Response Fund.  RFTC's second swimathon in 2021 raised $4,500 to benefit the Hunter Quigley Coe Swim Scholarship.


RFTC FALL CHARITY MIXED DOUBLES EVENT

The RFTC Fall Charity Mixed Doubles Event began as a partnership with Mercedes Benz in 2013, with Ronald McDonald House as Mercedes Benz’s chosen recipient of the charitable proceeds from the event. The Mercedes Benz event at RFTC, and our contributions to Ronald McDonald House, continued in 2014 and 2015.

Mercedes Benz discontinued its sponsorship of our tennis event in 2016, and we transitioned into our own mixed doubles tournament that year. We resumed our charitable donations related to the event in 2017, giving to the Gillian Lundgren Fund (honoring Clyde’s daughter), to the Hunter Coe “Be The Boat” Fund in 2018, and to the Chicago Tennis Patrons (now called Serve and Return Chicago) in 2019.

The fall charity tennis event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.


TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP

To foster tennis for youth, each season at the discretion of the current Board of Directors, a tennis scholarship is given to a young player who is recommended by our head tennis pro.


BENEFACTORS

  • In 2021, the RFTC supported Beyond Hunger with a virtual food drive during their annual Opening Night in June. The donations helped meet the basic needs of local families and healthy groceries and support in accessing social services. 

  • In 2021, the RFTC provided "thank you notes" handmade by the RFTC kids and "thank you goody bags" for the Northwestern Emergency Department healthcare workers that have worked so hard during this global pandemic.
  • In 2021, the RFTC donated slightly used tennis rackets to XS Tennis and Education Foundation in Chicago. Their mission is to provide Chicago's under served youth with an enriching safe-haven and positive pathway to college through a community-based tennis and academic enrichment program.
  • In 2021, the RFTC had a Coins for a Cause event benefiting Sarah's Inn. Sarah's Inn provides comprehensive services for families affected by domestic violence so that they get the support they need to find safety, rebuild their lives, and heal. 
  • In 2021, kindness bags were created by the RFTC kids which were gifted to the elderly at Belmont Nursing Home and Oak Park Arms.
  • In 2021, scrapbook pages were made for the residents at Hephzibah Children's Home in Oak Park , which provides intensive therapeutic care for severely traumatized young children.
  • In 2021, the RFTC Ladies Night Tennis generously donated household items and toiletries to Housing Forward, which helps transition individuals and families from housing crisis to housing stability.

  • In 2021, the RFTC Men's Night Tennis generously donated $1,000.00 to the Animal Care League in Oak Park. The animal care league is committed to providing shelter, medical care, and comfort to animals in need.

  • In 2020, the RFTC donated to Beyond Hunger which provides hunger-relief programming and services to 13 zip codes across Cook County. Beyond Hunger provides food, resources, knowledge, and skills people need to live healthy, active lives.   The RFC also provided an in - kind donation to Catherine's Community Closet, which is a not-for-profit party and event rentals company for local businesses and charities to rent quality party items like tables, chairs, and linens. 

  • In 2018, the RFTC donated to the Jimmy Dooley Fund.  Jimmy Dooley was a well respected, young community member, and a cherished employee of the RFTC.
  • In 2016, the RFTC donated to the Chicago Tennis Patrons, now Serve & Return Chicago, an organization that funds youth tennis programs in Chicagoland’s underserved neighborhoods.  
  • In 2015, the RFTC donated gently-used tennis rackets and clothes to clubs in underserved neighborhoods in Nassau, Bahamas and the Caribbean.
  • In 2013 , the RFTC donated to Giant Steps, which is an innovative educational and therapeutic program for individuals living with autism. Giant Steps takes pride in offering specialized programming to enrich the daily lives of each student and/or young adult with autism.
  • In 2012, the RFTC donated to Hephzibah, which is Oak Park's oldest social service agency that offers short and long term group homes for abused and neglected children; child welfare and family services; foster care and adoption programs; and award-winning day care on a sliding scale for families of all income levels.


River Forest Tennis Club
615 Lathrop Ave.
River Forest, IL  60305
708-771-7780
General: office@rftennis.com
Web: hello@rftc.org

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