HHC Partners with 15-LOVE to Teach Kids Valuable Health Lessons
SCHENECTADY, NY (July 12, 2016) -- We are delighted to partner this summer with 15-LOVE, a free local program that not only teaches tennis fundamentals to Capital Region youth, but also uses the sport to educate youngsters about life skills ranging from good nutrition and money management to recycling and good manners.
Through our sponsorship we have provided toothbrushes/toothpaste, water bottles and draw-tie bags shaped like tennis balls to 700 kids ages four to 18 attending 15-LOVE sessions at six sites in Schenectady.
“15-LOVE is a perfect fit for us,” said Hometown Health CEO Joe Gambino. “Our mission is to help people live healthier lives by providing an array of preventative health services. Through this relationship we are able to let local families — 85 percent of whom are lower income — know about HHC’s healthcare services and that we are a resource to help them.”
“The items provided by HHC are so important to healthy living, which is something we stress regularly during our educational off-court sessions,” said 15-LOVE Executive Director Amber Marino. “Toothbrushes and toothpaste teach kids the importance of oral hygiene, while water bottles stress the need to remain hydrated during the warm summer months.
“Through this partnership, HHC is also taking the time to talk to our parents about the importance of having health insurance,” Marino continued. “They are a tremendous source of knowledge about the various insurance options that are available.”
15-LOVE was founded 26 years ago with the help of the late Arthur Ashe who sought to “use tennis to teach the game of life.” More than 45,000 students have gone through the program since 1990.
For more information, visit 15love.org.