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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.