Love All, First Serve
Shares The Gift of Tennis
USTANorthern | May 4, 2018
Sisters Tanya and Sonya Ramesh of Rosemount, Minn., were looking for ways to give back to their local community. Both avid tennis players, the Ramesh girls knew how much joy tennis had brought to their lives over the years and wondered how they could share that amazing feeling with others not as fortunate. Soon their non-profit organization Love All, First Serve was born.
Love All, First Serve’s mission encourages kids to get more active by lending a helping hand to those who may not be exposed to tennis or cannot afford the necessary equipment to play. Tanya and Sonya worked with their tennis-playing friends and local tennis clubs in collecting used tennis equipment including racquets, tennis balls, racquet bags and nets. They also used their own money to purchase tennis racquets at area Goodwill and other discount stores.ADVERTISEMENT
In all, the girls collected close to 200 racquets, many of which were restrung and given new grips, and donated them to the USTA Northern office for its Play It Forward campaign which distributes equipment to junior high and high school tennis programs in need. It was one of the biggest donations in Play It Forward history.
“We believe that without racquets and balls, a tennis court is just a vacant lot,” the Rosemount High School varsity players said. “Through Love All, First Serve, we can extend the footprint of tennis by getting equipment into the hands of hundreds of kids who dream about playing this wonderful sport.”