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Mr. Rolnick from Chicago IL is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tennis Dreams We Didn't Know We Had

My students need tennis equipment, so they can discover the joy of high school tennis.

  • $920 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"These girls are really good," exclaimed the top girls' tennis player at my school. She was about to play junior varsity tennis players from some of the top girls' tennis programs in Chicago at a Conference tournament. A few minutes prior, a coach from one of these other teams had asked to see her racquet - a cheap Wilson designed for basic play - and laughed at the lack of tension in the strings, explaining to this girl that her loaner racquet was in woeful need of restringing.

Despite having not played a minute of tennis prior to joining the team as a freshman, this girl ended up winning first place over the junior varsity players from these top tennis programs.

Almost none of the students who try out for the tennis team at the 96% low-income school I teach at have ever picked up a racquet before. Indeed, most of my students are first or second generation Americans, and tennis has not typically been a part of their lives. However, they quickly develop a passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

My Project

The supplies listed are the basics we need to start a foundation for tennis play.

Ten racquets and both practice and playing balls will provide the basic supplies needed for students to pick up tennis.

As none of my students can afford to buy a racquet for a sport they don't even know if they're for sure interested in, these starter racquets will allow them to try out the sport risk-free, and will ensure that no student is unable to play because they are unable to afford a racquet.

Disc cones will help students complete drills and practice the footwork critical for student success on the court.

Mr. Rolnick
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wilson HYPERion PowerX 1 Tennis Racquet - Gray • DICK'S Sporting Goods $44.98 10 $449.80
Tourna Permanent Pressure Tennis Ball Set - 60 Pack - Yellow • DICK'S Sporting Goods $59.99 2 $119.98
Penn Championship Ti Tennis Balls - 20 Can Pack - No Color • DICK'S Sporting Goods $59.99 1 $59.99
GAMMA Tennis Disc Cones - No Color • DICK'S Sporting Goods $10.99 4 $43.96

Materials cost

$673.73

Vendor shipping charges

$67.37

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.11

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$781.21

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$137.86

Total project goal

$919.07

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$919.07

11 Donors

-$612.31

Donations toward project cost

-$521.96

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$90.35

match offer

-$305.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$259.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

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$0.00

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