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.
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.
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.
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 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.