The 15-LOVE Program has successfully completed over two decades 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." While there are many inner city tennis programs operating throughout the United States, 15-LOVE operates independently. Many other programs are purely recreational, whereas 15-LOVE's mission is focused upon the whole child. 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. Over the years, the program has evolved on a year round basis, impacting more than 47,000 youth and their families.
Tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe (left) along with Capital Region Youth Tennis Foundation Board President Herb Shultz at Central Park in Schenectady, New York, speaking during a15-LOVE event (June, 1990). Listen to Arthur Ashe's 1990 speech during a 15-LOVE event in Albany, New York (audio).