About Us
President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

This past year our organization has served 1,500 children who have had access to a safe, supportive, potentially life changing environment to learn tennis, the “Game for Life”.  We are proud to return to this great sport a small piece of what it has provided each of us.  With your help, we plan to impact over 3,000 kids in the next year.

For seventy-three years the Chicago Tennis Patrons has done great work in supporting youth tennis in our city.   In 2019 our Board looked at the need in our underserved communities and the opportunity to impact the children of our city and concluded – we need to do more.   We established a Strategic Planning Committee to examine our purpose and significantly clarified the mission of the organization:

Our New Mission Statement

Our mission is to positively impact the lives of children in Chicagoland’s underserved communities through the game of tennis.  We believe tennis must be an inclusive, life-long source of physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  The funds we raise support outstanding youth programs that provide equipment, education, instruction and fun competition in safe environments.

Additionally, we have expanded the goals of the organization to positively impact 7,500 kids each year by the year 2023 through the many benefits tennis has to offer.  Instruction, equipment, a safe environment to grow and develop, exposure to competition and models of good sportsmanship combine with exercise and the special bonds of new friends and trained mentors to create life changing opportunities.   This organization believes in these opportunities.

Our New Name

Since 1947 the “Chicago Tennis Patrons” has been a presence in our city.   We believe 2020 marks the need for a change.   Our organization is committed to serving the youth of this city.  We, and the people who support our efforts understand what the game of tennis has given to us – and realize it is our obligation to return those treasures to the next generation.   A name change does not take for granted all we have accomplished over the past 73 years, but rather marks the beginning of our next chapter.

We are proud to announce the Chicago Tennis Patrons has become Serve & Return Chicago.

Please join us in supporting our goal to create opportunity through tennis and give generously to enhance the lives of Chicago’s youth.


David Martin

President of the Board

Serve & Return Chicago


Serve & Return Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

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