The River Forest Tennis Club prides itself on being a good neighbor. Our tennis instruction and swim lessons 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.
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; we plan to resume it, and our charitable donation, in 2021.
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. The swimathon will continue in 2021.
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.