Frequently asked questions of the 15-LOVE program
Is 15-LOVE really free?
Yes. As amazing as it may seem, 15-LOVE classes are completely free.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up online here. Or just show up at a class and we’ll have a registration form for you to fill out. You can begin to play right away!
Who can participate?
15-LOVE’s mission is to serve inner-city youth, ages 4 – 18. We welcome everyone, of every background and tennis ability, including summer lessons for adults. Please check our current schedule for classes for your age group / ability level.
Are classes held throughout the winter?
Yes. The winter schedule is limited. We hold classes in some schools, boys and girls clubs, and community centers throughout the winter. There is at least one free open class every week at a racket club. Call or check the current schedule for more information.
Do I need a racket?
No. This year new procedures don’t allow for us to loan rackets like previous years. We are encouraging participants to bring their own racket if they have one. Please make sure it’s labeled. We will be giving rackets to any child who does not have one. These will becomes theirs to keep, so please make sure you keep it safe, as we won’t be able to loan any rackets if they are lost or forgotten. If you can donate towards purchasing a racket for your child or another, please consider doing so. It will keep our programming free for future participants. Thank you!
How is 15-LOVE funded?
We hold our annual Fore Love & Money, a golf and tennis fundraiser each year that supports 25% of 15-LOVE’s operating budget. We also apply for competitive grants, but most of our money comes from corporate and individual donations.
How can I contribute to 15-LOVE?
15-LOVE runs entirely on donated funds, and is made stronger through donated time and talent. We’ve made it easy for you to give a gift online.
How do I apply to be an instructor? Do I need to be a great tennis player to be a 15-LOVE instructor?
The most important part of being a 15-LOVE instructor is a desire to work with children and positively influence their lives. We can teach you how to teach tennis, but not how to love kids. Our off-courts are a big part of our lessons, so you need to be able to talk to kids in a peer group setting. Call for more information 518-438-2039.