Tennis & Learning Center

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TLC Classroom

Rendering of the TLC Classroom that will be in the new clubhouse when Golden Gate Park Tennis Center re-opens

SF Rec & Park's Tennis & Learning Center Program

Critical to the Campaign for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center is the new Education Center which will support SF Rec & Park's award-winning Tennis & Learning Center program (known as TLC).

Modeled after the nationally recognized EPATT program, TLC improves youth outcomes by providing programs to San Francisco’s most underserved communities that promote academic achievement, health and wellness, and social/emotional development, through the sport of tennis.

Currently, TLC operates in four neighborhood sites, serving elementary school children in grades K-5. When the GGPTC renovation is complete, students who “graduate” from the elementary school TLC programs will come to this iconic facility where they will continue to receive academic support and improve their tennis skills on the courts.

Why Sloane Stephens loves TLC

Vision & Goals

The goals of TLC are to give students the skills and support they need to graduate from high school and plan for a positive future; develop the whole child by teaching non-cognitive skills and values that help children lead positive, productive and fulfilling lives; and support the parent-child relationship by providing parents with the tools they need to become effective advocates and resources for their children. At the heart of TLC is the belief that providing youth with access to positive relationships and consistent educational support systems will promote healthy youth development and improve their long-term outcomes.


TLC currently operates in four low-income San Francisco communities, each partnering with an underperforming SFUSD elementary school:

Site Partner School Population Served Ages Served # Participants
Palega Recreation Center Hillcrest Excelsior 5-11 25
Hamilton Recreation Center Rosa Parks Western Addition 5-11 25
Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center Gordan Lau Chinatown 5-11 25
Youngblood Coleman Carver Bayview/Hunters Point 5-11 25
Golden Gate Park Tennis Center (2020) All Above All Above 11-14+ 60+
Total Served 160+
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Participant Demographics 2018-19 (3 sites)

Primary Language

67% speak languages other than English

  • 44 – English
  • 32 – Cantonese
  • 5 – Spanish
Race & Ethnicity

92% come from multi-ethnic communities

  • 41 – Asian
  • 18 – African American
  • 10 – Hispanic/Latino
  • 7 – Caucasian
  • 5 – More than one

K-  13

1-  10

2-  16

3-  17

4-  18

5-  7

81  - Total


48 – Male

33 – Female

81 – Total


Each participant receives 10 hours of personalized homework help per week, with additional tutoring support available 3 days per week
Each participant receives 5 hours of tennis instruction per week
82% have improved by at least one reading level

VIDEO: TLC and the Campaign for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

Gear Up TLC!

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center renovation is moving full speed ahead and a beautiful new facility is on track for a Fall 2020 grand opening.

We have raised $29 million so far, but still have $1 million left to reach our $30 million goal.

This final round of fundraising will support, in part, the equipment and gear needed by the middle school students in SF Rec & Park's Tennis & Learning Center program.

Let's make sure the Tennis & Learning Center students at Golden Gate Park Tennis Center have the gear they need to succeed in the classroom and on the court.



Provides a TLC middle schooler with a laptop for their personal academic enrichment while in the program.


Provides a TLC middle schooler with a laptop plus a backpack that includes a racquet and athletic apparel. It will also offset the cost of tennis equipment necessary to run the program.