The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Tennis Club Teams Up with SD Rescue Mission for Children in Need

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The RSF Tennis Club will be teaming up with the San Diego Rescue Mission next month to provide free tennis lessons for homeless youth. Club Board member, Dave Van Den Berg told the RSF Review that he was inspired during a visit to the SD Rescue Mission in 2015.

"The idea for the new outreach program came out of RSF Tennis Club board member Dave Van Den Berg's first-time visit to the San Diego Rescue Mission last year. He was blown away by the Mission's President and CEO, Herb Johnson, and all of the things the organization does for the community.

The Mission has been serving San Diego for 60 years, helping people address the challenges behind their homelessness and return to their communities as “fulfilled, contributing members of society.” They provide housing, hunger relief, mental health counseling and education.

After Van Den Berg saw the facility he told Johnson he had an idea to make the club available to the children who lived there, providing free lessons and clinics, and having racquets and shoes donated by the membership."

Read the full story at the RSF Review