FOUNDATION

5430 KIDS' TENNIS FOUNDATION

Our foundation’s mission from its conception has always been to actively increase opportunities in the world of tennis for young people of all backgrounds in the Colorado community. We provide avenues for the new players to learn, train, and compete toward attaining their highest potential and realizing their dreams in this great game.

Our reach into the community has been wide and long.  Some of our ongoing accomplishments and commitments include:

  • Exposure to tennis for new students through school outreach programs
  • Guidance on the academic and athletic pathway in the college recruitment programs
  • Memorial scholarship fund to help families provide financial support for their young tennis players
  • Rotating weekly tennis programs for kids with physical disabilities

Tennis gifts the player in many surprising ways beyond the perimeter of the court.  Personal joy, emotional growth, character development, leadership skills, and more are natural bi-products of this game.  We truly believe tennis should be a child’s first sport to learn, and we also believe it’s the best sport to learn!  Better yet, the fruits of this game can be harvested throughout an entire lifetime! 

5430 Kids’ Tennis Foundation, a 501(c)(3), not for profit organization, is actively inspiring the love of tennis in our youth today! It’s a foundation for the future of this remarkable game of tennis, right here in your own backyard. 

Let us show you more! 

Donna Chitambar

  • RMTC Founder, Director of Operations, Director of Marketing, RMTC Stylist!
  • High Performance Tennis Program (HPTP) Coordinator
  • 5430 Kids Tennis Foundation Founder
  • Her enthusiasm, dedication, and expertise are driving forces in the success of the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center
  • Passionate Adult 4.5 player captaining USTA League teams since 2010!
  • Management of high-end tennis clubs since 1999
  • Spa Management 1999-2006 – “Customer Service and hospitality are a must for any Club”
  • Bachelor of Science – Fashion Design, The Ohio State University
  • Kindergarten Teacher – 2 years
  • PTR certified Juniors and Adults
  • USTA Net Generation certified /verified Coach
  • Over 10 years coaching experience focusing on all levels of juniors

         “I love kids, and I love teaching them the game of tennis – Make it Fun and they love it too!”

Duke Paluch

  • RMTC Founder, Executive Director
  • Club Manager of former Harvest House Tennis since 1985
  • 5430 Kids Tennis Foundation Founder
  • Two-time collegiate All American, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Top-ranked junior Northern Section, nationally ranked
  • State of South Dakota – Tennis Hall of Fame inductee
  • Bachelor of Arts – Finance, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • USPTA Certified (Elite Professional)
  • PTR Master of Tennis-Performance; PTR Adult Certified
  • USTA/USPTA Wheelchair Tennis Certified Coach
  • USTA Colorado Tournament Committee Member – 20 years!
  • USTA Net Generation certified /verified Coach
  • Over 30 years coaching experience working with all levels juniors & adults

    “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!” – Muhammad Ali