Supreme Lending, a large mortgage bank founded by Scott Everett, who was raised in Gilford, has pledged $50,000 to help Advantage Kids bring tennis and learning to children in the Lakes Region and throughout New Hampshire.
Advantage Kids, formerly known as Lakes Region Tennis Association and offering free summer tennis lessons to hundreds of kids in Laconia, Gilford and surrounding towns, is rapidly expanding, both geographically and with its offerings.
Advantage Kids is now affiliated with community tennis programs in Concord, Manchester and the Portsmouth area. Additionally, it has expanded its tennis and learning program at the Laconia Boys & Girls Club to two other Boys & Girls Clubs in Concord.
“The pilot program we ran with the Boys and Girls Club in Laconia was fantastic,” said Bob Ronstadt, founder and executive director of Advantage Kids. “We’ve been able to reach so many more children, and the Boys & Girls clubs have indoor facilities which allows us to run the programs all year long, not just in the summer months.”
Ronstadt hopes Supreme Lending’s commitment of a major sponsorship will inspire other businesses to support Advantage Kids in its mission to combine tennis and learning to make a difference in the lives of children in the Lakes Region and throughout New Hampshire.
“In 2018 we have an opportunity to expand our reach and execute our mission of exposing tennis, education and life lessons such as integrity, sportsmanship, dedication and hard work to over 2,000 children across the entire state. However we need financial support to do all these things and that’s why we’re so excited to announce that Supreme Lending has signed on for a three-year commitment to be our gold sponsor. It allows us to commit to some of these programs and start lining up all the resources we need to effectively run them.”
Everett, founder and president of Supreme Lending, grew up in the Lakes Region and graduated from Gilford High School. Supreme Lending, the 17th largest privately held mortgage bank in the country, is headquartered in Dallas. Everett now lives in Dallas but still spends every summer in Laconia.
“We’re really excited about this announcement with Advantage Kids,” he said. “It aligns with our company’s mission of community partnering and we are particularly pleased to see their addition of reading and education to their curriculum.”
Everett challenged other business leaders in New Hampshire to support Advantage Kids.“Advantage Kids is doing great work on behalf of New Hampshire’s children. New Hampshire holds a very special place in my heart and I've been looking for ways that I can give back to the community, including a nonprofit girls camp that I've been working on and other strategic partnerships that focus on children and giving them every opportunity to succeed. And this partnership with Advantage Kids aligns with that goal.”
For more information about Advantage Kids, visit http://advantagekids.net.