Tennis & Life Camps

Dear TLC Supporter,

Has your life, or the life of someone you know, been changed by a wonderful experience at TLC? Would you be willing to pass on this opportunity to financially needy youth or family member who otherwise could not attend? If so, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus.

The Donation page gives four options for donating:

  • I want to designate my gift for Tennis and Life Camps. By choosing this option, your donation will be used towards the area of greatest need at TLC, which may include current year scholarships, scholarship endowment fund, facilities maintenance, equipment donations, etc.
  • I want to designate my gift for TLC Current Scholarships. Until we raise $2.5 million for our scholarship endowment, we use donations for current year scholarships to send campers to TLC in 2016. $575 will send one camper to TLC during the summer of 2016. $11,500 fully funds one of our winter retreat camps, and $5,750 funds half of a retreat camp.
  • I want to designate my gift for TLC Scholarship Endowment. Choosing this option places your donation into an endowment fund. The investment income from this fund goes toward providing scholarships to our campers each year. A gift of $25,000 allows for a named endowment fund for two scholarship campers to TLC per summer, while a donation of $12,500 endows one unnamed scholarship each summer. We are actively seeking a total of $2.5 million to endow 200 scholarship recipients each summer.
  • I want to designate my gift for the Annual Fund. This gift benefits Gustavus Adolphus College as a whole, but does not directly impact Tennis and Life Camps.

Gifts of stock and estate planning are welcome as tax-deductible donations. If you have questions, please email or call 507-933-8805.

If you decide you would like to give, please make your donation to:

Tennis and Life Camps
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Ave.
Saint Peter, MN 56082

You will receive a receipt of your gift noting the tax deductible nature of the gift.

Thank you so much for keeping the vision alive! Please read on for more information about our new status.

Neal Hagberg, Director

Tennis and Life Camps (TLC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to develop in tennis players, of all ages and abilities, improved tennis skills and an enriched approach to life. We are organized for educational and charitable purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Through tax-deductible contributions we wish to open our doors wider to youth who cannot afford the price of a tennis camp. As youth from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds come together, they all experience differing viewpoints and an expanded vision of the world.

The fundamental mission of TLC centers on tennis education. We have outstanding tennis facilities and a superbly trained staff that have coached thousands of students from the beginner level to world ranked professionals. Coaches and tennis professionals who were trained at TLC and in the Gustavus tennis program dominate the upper Midwest. Our approach to teaching focuses on the positive things players are doing already and then building upon them. Instead of pointing out what they do wrong, we emphasize what they do well and what we want to see next. This accelerates the learning process, builds confidence, and improves motivation.

We also use tennis to promote civility, compassion, and mutual acceptance. We start with the teaching of concrete actions: learning names, saying thank you when complimented, making eye contact, complimenting your opponent’s shots, being fair with your line calls while not questioning others, making the decision as a team to reach out to the other team, encouraging parents to cheer for both their children’s and their opponent’s good shots, and remaining positive even during a lopsided defeat. These are the tools that allow campers to turn the theoretical into the practical and to see results in their game, their schoolwork, and their lives.

We challenge campers to continue using these tools at home. How are you treating your teachers, coaches, parents, children, spouses, and friends? How are you treating those with whom you disagree? How can you build bridges to those who believe differently from you by putting yourself in their shoes? Also we encourage campers to affirm service to others as the key to a fulfilled life. Conversely, focus on the self is ultimately unsatisfying.

TLC knows that maintaining a positive attitude through tragedy, difficulty, and losses is challenging. Both tennis and life are full of unfairness and disappointment. Yet obstacles can be overcome by focusing on the things within our control (attitude, effort, and sportsmanship) and letting go of the things outside our control (winning, playing well, and opponents’ actions). Using the Serenity Prayer daily is a powerful aid for staying positive. “God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference.”

Please consider supporting our mission with a donation. A contribution to Tennis and Life Camps will permit youth, who otherwise could not afford camp, to experience outstanding tennis instruction and an enriched approach to life. Anyone contributing a full camp ($575) will receive a personal thank you letter from the award recipient.