What the foundation offers

Love, Love Compton takes tennis into schools with rackets, tennis balls, and portable nets. We transform elementary school playgrounds and parking lots into a world of opportunity. More than 4000 students have participated in our programming, 60 dedicated volunteers have provided 21,000 hours of help and 40 Compton Unified School District (CUSD) teachers have provided coaching for the after-school and summer tennis programs. To date, we have trained 79 teachers to teach tennis at 21 elementary schools and created 27 mini tennis courts on blacktops throughout the school district with our partners at the United States Tennis Association.

Continuous early exposure to the SAT/ACT helps students master the strategies needed to perform optimal on the test and in class. Early preparation is vital to our students. As they say in tennis, the process is a marathon, not a sprint. Giving students the opportunity to prepare for testing should be a process, started early and focused on gaining critical reading skills, improved writing abilities and expanded vocabulary, all tools that promote school success.

Our goal is to cultivate a college-focused environment for all participants with a curricula focused on gaining critical reading skills, improved writing abilities and expanded vocabulary, all tools that promote middle and high-school school success.

  • Provide information on community, two-year, and four-year colleges.
  • Promote the ideal that college is for everyone.
  • Create a four-year plan for each student.
  • Discuss college majors and jobs related to majors
  • College tours

STAR brings recess to life with structured tennis play and development of physical literacy. We partner with elementary schools throughout the school year to teach, model, and empower a sustainable tennis at recess program. The STAR team spends two days each week at each school leading, modeling, and empowering teachers and students to create a fun, inclusive, structured recess for all students. A key focal point of STAR is recognition that students who experience trauma can feel triggered by a lack of structure, clear boundaries and routines

Join the fun with students throughout Compton as we spend the summer learning the game of tennis and exploring educational extras including field trips, community activities and academic enrichment to maintain skills throughout summer. Learning every day is integral to every child’s development. The summer months are critical to continued learning and retaining information learned during the school year. The SSF Summer Reading Readiness Program provides daily skill development activities for youth K-grade 3. The SSF Summer Reading Lab offers a suite of tools focused on individualized learning plans for each student.

Through sports and leadership activities, Special Olympics provides opportunities for young people of all abilities to be leaders in their schools and communities. These leadership activities help students with and without intellectual disabilities find their voices by teaching them to become change agents, striving for respect and inclusion. And sports helps everyone get fitter and healthier — together!

SSF offers a year-round program for youth throughout CUSD. Students are assigned a dedicated mentor to help them navigate professionalism, college readiness, career and workforce preparation and life after high school. Students are empowered to develop their leadership skills and to gain real-life experiences through interactions with community leaders from business, government, and civic organizations. Throughout the year students develop essential leadership skills through a service project geared towards team building, conflict resolution, time management, public speaking and goal setting. This program is also designed to support undocumented students in their pursuit of education by increasing access to available resources. We employ our academy leader graduates through college and assist with post-graduate career planning.

Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Sloane Stephens has partnered with Soles4Souls to help fight poverty by donating a pair of gently worn shoes which will be recycled and redistributed to people in need throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The Volvo Car Open, Connecticut Open and Citi Open’s have worked with Sloane to collect shoes throughout the tournament grounds, in the player locker rooms and at the main entrance of the tournament for fans and players to donate.

“The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO, Soles4Souls. “The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide live in pronounced poverty, and millions of these children don’t have access to adequate footwear. We are thrilled that so many got involved to help Soles4Souls “Wear Out Poverty”.

The shoes that collect in the back of our closets and forgotten in our basements add up and help make a positive difference for those in need.