Welcome to the
Love & Love Tennis Foundation Website
We are thrilled to be able to share our goals and vision with all of you who enjoy playing Tennis or just spectating. When we started the Love & Love Tennis Foundation in 2015, Tory Fretz and I wanted 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 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 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 especially of 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”.
We 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.
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation has raised over $160,000 in the past 4 years. 2018 was a great year for us thanks to special donors who generously stepped up to help the foundation. The Love & Love Tennis Foundation would like to thank our special friends: Gary & Barbara Tolman, Jim Citrin, Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, Tory Fretz, Chrissie Evert, Martina Navratilova and many others who have been instrumental in helping us grow.