It’s Saturday and Domingo’s day starts around 8:30 am when he starts the 15-LOVE programs for the day. There will be lessons and team tennis matches all day at clubs throughout the Capital Region with the last match ending at 8:30 pm. After that, Domingo still has to bring the kids home. It’s been a long day for the kids, but an even longer day for Domingo. He has spent over 12 hours as a teacher, a coach, a mentor and a chauffeur. If it wasn’t for Domingo, some of these kids would not be able to play tennis. On school days he starts at 7:00 am. Most people think of 15-LOVE as a tennis program. It is really a mentoring program that uses tennis as a tool. I have know Domingo since he was a kid playing team tennis against my teams. He has always been a good and fair competitor. Domingo is the perfect person to teach these same skills to the next generation.
Domingo Montes, 15-LOVE’s Program Director, has been a part of 15-LOVE family since the age of 12. Domingo started as a participant at Lincoln Park in Albany. In 1994, Domingo became one of the first members of the 15-LOVE Excellence Program. Domingo attended Albany High School and played 4 years for the varsity tennis. During his senior year, Domingo would team up with fellow 15-LOVE participant and Albany High School classmate, Nithin Raikar, to win the Big 10 Doubles Title.
Seven Operating Themes of 15-LOVE
– To stress education
– To promote good health (both emotional and physical)
– To instill positive values
– To foster multi-cultural relationships
– To encourage good sportsmanship
– To support family preservation
– To give back in the community