Giving Kids the Advantage

MVP Health Care Brings

Summer Playground Olympics To Our Kids

This summer our participants were given the opportunity to participate in Playground Olympics that were created and sponsored by MVP Health Care.

This fun initiative was to honor July as National Parks and Recreation MonthKids were encouraged to go for the medals at parks across the region while learning about the many benefits that come with getting active outdoors. Participants each received a series of challenges that increased in difficulty as they moved up the ranks in medals from bronze to silver to gold. MVP even donated some fun games for each site to get the kids started on their challenge. They had a great time and loved playing cornhole, parachute and ring toss with each other.


A big thank you to MVP Health Care for always coming up with fun initiatives for our kids to try.

MVP Health Care also sponsored our Healthy Tips, which are handed out to all who participate in our Tennis and Healthy Living Programs each week over the summer.

"We love the partnership we have with MVP Health Care," said 15-LOVE Executive Director Amber Marino. "Both organizations have missions to assist families to find healthy ways to live better, making it easy to engage our participants. We are lucky to have their support."

Summer Programming Participants Had a Blast

We can't believe how fast Summer Programming went! Our kids had such a great time on the courts and in our office. Tennis was a hit and we were able to open our classes up to many more participants than in the last 2 years. We were grateful we didn't have to cancel many tennis classes this summer, except for a couple of super hot days.

 

Educational programming also was a success with the help of our staff, volunteers, and community partners. A big shout out to them all for creating engaging and fun lessons for our kids. Kim Mackerlin from Cornell Cooperative Extension brought in some fun activities that highlighted the importance of healthy eating habits and physical activity. Kim even incorporated the herbs and vegetables from our garden in her lessons, which the kids loved!


Elaine Garrett from Suny Polytechnic Institute wowed our kids with some super fun STEM activities like learning about the James Webb Telescope using spin art. It was refreshing to see all the kids huddled around a table learning about the steps of the scientific method and surface area reactions. The educational support we receive from our community partners has helped us sustain our goal to deliver effective and fun content that keeps our kids engaged and avoiding the summer learning loss.


The biggest highlight of the summer was that we were able to hold our Jamboree at Washington Park after not having it for 2 years! To see all the smiling faces of kids having fun playing games while many parents watched on was definitely heartwarming. WTEN Channel 10 stopped by to check out all the fun we were having. View the news coverage


​Below is a small sample ​of photos of the fun we had. You can view the full photo gallery on our Facebook page. ​​​


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Adult Tennis Lessons Are Back!

We are happy to announce that we will be offering adult tennis lessons again starting September 7th. The 5-week program will take place throughout the week at various courts in the region. There are two sessions to choose from:

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​5th Annual Ladies’ Tennis Round Robin

A big thank you to all who attended the 5th Annual Ladies' Tennis Round Robin at the Lake George Club on August 1st.

 

We so appreciate your support!  The morning started with tennis, followed by a silent auction and a lunch program. Attendees had the opportunity for pop-up shopping provided by Gracie's, Clearly Yours Gifts, and J. McLaughlin


Support from this event will help fund 15-LOVE's literacy initiatives, including the Denise McCoy Scholarship Fund, book distribution program, and literacy programs.


A BIG THANK YOU to Wendy Fox and Jackie Rossetti-Falvey for organizing and sponsoring this event. They have continued to make it a fun and special event!

 

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Tirzah Spivey Has Been Awarded the USTAF Donald Lawson Tisdel College Scholarship Award

​​Read the news story in the Schenectady Daily Gazette.


Congratulations to 15-LOVE Excellence Participant Tirzah Spivey for receiving the United States Tennis Association Foundation (USTAF) Donald Lawson Tisdel College Scholarship Award


We are so incredibly proud of Tirzah and all of her hard work. She plans to attend Russell Sage to major in Biology with a minor in Psychology as a pre-med student this Fall.

Congratulations to Bob Davis, one of 15-LOVE’s inaugural Board members, who was instrumental in helping connect us with Arthur Ashe and get our program started in 1990. Bob is being inducted into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame on Friday, August 26th.


This is a great honor for Bob and all the inductees!

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