NYJTL Will Award Record $89,000 to NYC Youth at Mayor Dinkins Cup

The annual NYJTL Mayor Dinkins Cup has returned to the Bronx from June 11-18, 2023 at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning. Eight scholarships will be awarded that will provide a total of $89,000 to program participants to help them achieve their collegiate ambitions. The scholarships will be presented to the winners during the final day of the tournament at the awards ceremony on June 18, 2023 at 2 pm.   

The $89,000 of scholarship awards for the benefit of underserved students is a significant increase over last year’s total of $70,000. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will present the young champions from the teams, singles, and doubles categories in addition to the recipients of the 8 scholarship awards. The scholarship awards include the Gavrin Family Foundation Scholarship, established by Metropolitan Commercial Bank; the Louis Marx, Jr. Educational Scholarship; and the Victor Kiam “Going For It” Scholarship. These are awarded to NYJTL participants with financial need who excel in tennis, academics, and character, and will be renewed annually based on good academic standing.  

The winners are:  

Gavrin Family Foundation Scholarship  

  • Jaden Coley, Brooklyn, Midwood High School 
  • Maya Ollivierre, Manhattan, Beacon High School 
  • Natalie Gosek, Queens, Saint Francis Preparatory School 

Louis Marx, Jr. Educational Scholarship  

  • Crismeily Rodriguez, Bronx, East Bronx Academy for the Future 
  • John Boateng, Manhattan, Frederick Douglass Academy 
  • Kyle-Lamar Morgan, Brooklyn, Pathways in Technology Early College High School  
  • Matthew Ackah, Bronx, NYC Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries 

Victor Kiam “Going For It” Scholarship  

  • Keiko Arnold, Bronx, Theatre Arts Production Company School 

“Family Finals Day” is also a day of free activities, giveaways, and more for families to enjoy while their children take part in the tennis competition. 

“This year’s Mayor Dinkins Cup was a resounding success, and we were so proud to be able to kick off the summer in this way,” said Udai Tambar, President and CEO of New York Junior Tennis & Learning. “The Mayor Dinkins Cup gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to partake in a week of friendly competition with their peers, all while earning prizes, spending time with family, and strengthening their tennis skills. And this year, we were able to award $89,000 in scholarships to youth who have demonstrated what it means to be a scholar and an athlete on the court and away from it. Thanks to all who make this work possible.”  

The NYJTL Mayor Dinkins Cup brings players from all over New York City representing public, parochial, and private schools. Formerly known as the NYJTL Mayors Cup, the tournament was renamed in honor of NYJTL’s late board member and the first Black mayor of New York City Mayor David Dinkins.   

The NYJTL Mayor Dinkins Cup kicked off at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning on June 11, 2023. The awards ceremony will be held on June 18, 2023 at 2 pm. Come join and cheer on our winners and scholarship recipients!  

For more information on the Mayor Dinkins Cup, please visit nyjtl.org/mayor-dinkins-cup/ or contact Tournament Director Michele Cope at mayordinkinscup@nyjtl.org. For more information on NYJTL scholarships, please visit www.nyjtl.org/scholarships/