Tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe (left) along with Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation former Board President Herb Shultz at Central Park in Schenectady, New York, speaking during a 15-LOVE event (June, 1990). Listen to Arthur Ashe’s 1990 speech during a 15-LOVE event in Albany, New York
The 15-LOVE Program has successfully completed 30 years of programming in the Capital Region. What was merely a dream (of reaching out in positive ways to inner-city youth) in June 1990, has indeed become a reality.
The late Arthur Ashe was instrumental in helping found the 15-LOVE Program. He himself got his start on public courts. His philosophy and ours is to “use tennis to teach the game of life.”
15-LOVE operates independently in NY’s Capital Region, and is a member of the USTA Foundation’s National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. 15-LOVE is focused upon the whole child, striving to make an impact that lasts a lifetime. It is a program of prevention.
We operate throughout the Capital Region, with special emphasis on the inner cities of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Rensselaer. The program runs year-round, impacting more than 50,000 youth and their families throughout our history.
To reach out in a loving, caring way to youth of the Capital Region, using tennis as the medium, especially those in the inner cities
Within the overall mission, the following seven themes are emphasized:
- Stress education
- Promote good health (both emotional and physical)
- Instill positive values
- Foster multi-cultural relationships
- Encourage good sportsmanship
- Support family preservation
- Give back in the community
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
“15-LOVE stands WITH the causes of anti-racism and anti-discrimination of all kinds, and FOR social justice and economic justice in our communities.”