Plaza Racquet Club Junior Program (2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014)
The Plaza Racquet Club, in partnership with the Palm Springs Department of Parks of Recreation, hosts after-school field trips for Palm Springs children. Many of these kids come from low-income families, so this is their first opportunity to play tennis. Program directors notice kids who demonstrate special interest and skill and give them scholarships to keep playing. These students receive free equipment, private lessons, and waived entrance fees for Junior Tournaments. As they improve at tennis, their self-esteem and motivation also improves. Many of them join their school’s tennis teams in high school. By developing a love and talent for tennis early in life, these students will learn to choose healthy recreation over negative influences and develop a lifelong skill.