Welcome to the
Love & Love Tennis Foundation
We are thrilled to be able to share our goals and vision with all of you who enjoy playing Tennis or watching it. When we started this foundation Tory Fretz and I were trying to find a way in which to honor our dear friend and local tennis pro Jackie Cooper, who passed away from Cancer in 2013. His passion was tennis and teaching kids how to play tennis. He ate, breathed and slept tennis.
Last year the Inaugural Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Tennis Invitational took Place at Indian Ridge Country Club April 26. It was a fundraiser for junior tennis in the desert and we invited the local pros, juniors and amateurs to participate in our fundraiser. It was a smashing success, raising over $30,000, of which half of the amount raised was given out in Grants to various junior tennis Organizations, Academies and individuals in the COACHELLA VALLEY. It was also a way in which to honor our friend Jackie who loved tennis and teaching kids.
This year we added a new element to the 2nd Annual Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am, the “Jackie Cooper Award.” We were very excited to be able to give this award to a very special friend of tennis and Jackie’s CHARLIE PASARELL. We didn’t stop there, we also made April 24, “CHARLIE PASARELL DAY”, when Mayor Pro-Tem Jan Harnik presented the proclamation to Charlie declaring it his day!
It was a wonderful and very special moment when Jackie’s daughter, Laura Regusci presented Charlie with the “JACKIE COOPER AWARD”.
Tory and I are committed to growing junior tennis in the Coachella Valley and providing kids with the opportunity to be able to learn and play tennis at all levels.