The Down 40 Love Foundation builds resilience in youth through tennis to help them unleash their true potential.

Our Founder

René Vidal
A 7-time NCAA championship coach at Boise State, Colgate, Mississippi State, and McKendree, Vidal also serves as head coach at national powerhouse NIU Men’s Tennis. Vidal is the author of 5 books, including “Down 40 Love: Private Lessons on Turning Adversity into Competitive Advantage.” (May, 2024) On his Down 40 Love Podcast, bold leaders across industries share how they turn adversity into competitive advantage.

Director of Mental Health

Sara Kalkenova

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The Down 40 Love Foundation provides mentorship and resilience education for today’s youth. We team with charitable organizations and local school districts to help achieve our mission.

The Down 40 Love Foundation receives funding from individual donors, partner gifts, Serving Big Council, and our Down 40 Love Tennis Parties, bi-annual events held in Greater Chicago.

Yes, the Down 40 Love Foundation is a 501c3 organization.