Tennis and Learning Center

Girl practicing tennis
Group of kids wearing "Tennis Learning Center" shirts
Boy playing tennis

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Tennis & Learning Center program (TLC) improves the long-term outcomes for San Francisco’s underserved youth by providing programming that promotes academic achievement, health and wellness, and social-emotional development, through the sport of tennis.

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The Tennis & Learning Center (TLC) is an out-of-school-time program that promotes academic achievement, health and wellness, and social-emotional development, through the sport of tennis, through the sport of tennis.

Since 2014, TLC has served elementary school children in four of San Francisco’s most high-need communities: Western Addition, Chinatown, the Portola, and Bayview Hunters Point. In 2021, RPD launched TLC’s middle school program at Golden Gate Park’s Lisa + Douglas Goldman Tennis Center, where students receive advanced academic support, tennis instruction, and enrichment activities. 

RPD’s Tennis + Learning Center combats increasing disparities for San Francisco’s underserved communities by providing resources and opportunities not otherwise readily available. At the heart of TLC is the belief that providing youth with access to educational support systems and positive relationships will promote healthy youth development and improve their long-term outcomes. 

TLC Program Coordinator Channing Hale sees the benefits firsthand. “TLC gives kids the opportunity to learn those critically important non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-control, responsibility, confidence, and resilience,” says Hale. “We provide a friendly, family-like atmosphere where kids feel comfortable to take risks, stretch their skills, and are increasingly excited about learning.” 


Partner School

Population Served

Ages Served

Target # Participants

Palega Recreation Center





Hamilton Recreation Center

Rosa Parks

Western Addition



Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center

Gordan Lau




Youngblood Coleman 


Bayview/Hunters Point



Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

All Above

All Above





Total Served



Participant Demographics 2018-19

Primary Languages Spoken

56% – English

38% – Cantonese

6% – Spanish



44% – Female       56% – Male    

85 – Total

Race & Ethnicity

48% – Asian

26% – African American

12% – Hispanic/Latino

8% – Caucasian

6% – Two or more races




  • TLC serves 85 K-5th graders per year
  • Each participant receives 10 hours of personalized homework help per week, with additional tutoring support available 3 days per week
  • Each participant receives 5 hours of tennis instruction per week
  • 82% have improved by at least one reading level
  • Number of days absent from school fell by 21%
  • 96% retention rates in TLC
  • 44% speak languages other than English
  • 92% come from multi-ethnic communities