Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation - About Us

About Us

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


Our programming is structured around our 5 core pillars:

  • Tennis
  • Literacy
  • Healthy Living
  • College Prep
  • STEM

Learn more about our pillars and find ways to get involved!


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