Mission: The Reach Out Foundation is a 501-c3 charity. Its mission is to provide tennis opportunities and training for Los Angeles children disadvantaged by one or more of the following: economic, social or cultural circumstances. The Foundation also helps create an environment that encourages these children to pursue their academic education.
Goals: To improve the lives and opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the Greater Los Angeles area by supporting and initiating programs which promote self-esteem, multi-cultural understanding, and personal responsibility through involvement in tennis activities.
Activities: The Foundation supports, conducts, or participates in the following activities:
1. Tennis Fun Days at Riviera Tennis Club: The Foundation periodically invites 40-50 children to enjoy a Tennis Fun Day at Riviera. We provide professional tennis instruction, food and snacks, balls and equipment so participants have a positive athletic and social experience. We also pay transportation costs. Since the Foundation was formed in October 2003 we have held over 60 Fun Days.
2. Summer Camp: Each year over 50 children attend our summer camp. This free program is modeled after the world class Riviera Junior Development Program and includes group and personal instruction, video analysis, lunches, and team competition.
3. Funding local community programs: The Foundation makes financial grants to other community based organizations. Approved projects have included: Grant money to public parks programs where parental and community resources are not available; weekly clinics and a one-week summer camp in Compton on the courts where the Williams sisters first started playing; and, funding for professional training classes for instructors who teach on local courts.
4. Scholarship Program: In conjunction with the SCTA we have established a scholarship fund to pay league and tournament entry fees for participants who could otherwise not afford to enter these events. Also, we have paid for USTA Junior memberships for 140+ kids since 2005.
5. Equipment donations: We collect used (or new) tennis equipment for distribution to program participants.
6. Community Service Program: The Foundation has established a Community Service program in
conjunction with local schools so students who volunteer to help in our programs earn Community
Service credits at school.