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ITP Tryouts: Review

On July 24, the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning hosted the Intensive Training Program tryouts. More than 100 players came to show us their tennis skills and passion! With smaller coach-to-student ratios and increased access to tennis, ITP bridges the gap between recreational community-based programs and high performance training. It is designed for current or past participants of NYJTL Community Tennis and ACES Afterschool Programs.  This year’s team will be announced in the following weeks.

You can learn more about the ITP Program here.

Ahsha Rolle Hosts Coaching Seminar

Ahsha Rolle, Director of Tennis, hosted a training session for NYJTL coaches in CTP and ACES, with more that 80 people in attendance at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning!

NYJTL Establishes Louis Marx, Jr. Educational Scholarships

NYJTL is proud to announce that Louis Marx, Jr. has endowed college scholarships for NYJTL program participants! The initial Marx Scholar Athletes will be selected later this year and will receive an aggregate of $20,000 in scholarships. Read the full press release.

USTA Foundation Scholarship Winner

Anthony Garcia, participant of the CTP program in Roosevelt Island was awarded $10,000 as the recipient of a Nora McNeely Hurley Leadership Award! He was selected based on his academic excellence, participation in NYTL, and community involvement.

Cary Leeds Center Community Engagement

The Cary Leeds Center is working in collaboration with local Phipps and Murphy houses to identify local youth to join their summer camp free of charge as well as the Community Youth Tennis Trainings Fridays and Saturdays.

NYJTL Establishes Louis Marx, Jr. Educational Scholarships

For immediate release NEW YORK (August 5, 2021) – New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is proud to announce that Louis Marx, Jr. has endowed college scholarships for NYJTL program participants. The initial Marx Scholar Athletes will be selected later this year and will receive an aggregate of $20,000 in scholarships. The selection criteria will include strong character and leadership skills, sportsmanship, commitment to the game of tennis and demonstrated financial need.

The Louis Marx, Jr. Educational Scholarships will be in addition to NYJTL’s Victor Kiam “Going For It” scholarships awarded annually for more than a decade at the NYJTL Mayor’s Cup final awards ceremony.

“I am excited that Mr. Marx Jr. has chosen to create additional college scholarship opportunities to support NYJTL children,” said NYJTL Chair Bob Horne. “Creating a pathway for youth to fulfill their collegiate aspirations is at the very heart of our mission.”

Mr. Marx, Jr. has been a successful venture capitalist for over 60 years, investing in a variety of industries. He is the son and heir of the late Louis Marx, who rose to prominence in the 1950s owning the largest toy company in the world at the time, Louis Marx and Company. Mr. Marx, Jr., a graduate of Princeton University, has more recently devoted himself to philanthropy and contributes robustly to arts, education, and medical organizations. He is also a very accomplished tennis player and the recipient of NYJTL’s 1996 Leadership Award, which was presented to him by his friend, Nick Bollettieri.

About NYJTL:

The mission of New York Junior Tennis & Learning is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court. Since 1971, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis, education, healthy living, and character development programs. Today, it is the largest youth tennis and education non-profit in the nation, reaching more than 85,000 K-12 New York City youth.

NYJTL provides after school programming in approximately 30 schools and community tennis programming at approximately 40 sites throughout New York City in the summer months and at additional sites that operate during the school year. In addition, NYJTL designed, funded (with NYC), built and operates the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, at which it provides free and commercial tennis programming year-round as well as life skills, character development and healthy living lessons. All NYJTL community tennis and after school programs are offered at no cost to its participants.

NYJTL is looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022 (delayed due to COVID)!

Contact:

Joe Ceriello
Chief Marketing and Development Officer
jceriello@nyjtl.org
(917) 693-6672

NYJTL Elects Udai Tambar CEO

For immediate release (New York, June 30, 2021) – New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is pleased to announce that Udai Tambar has been elected President & Chief Executive Officer effective August 9, 2021.  Mr. Tambar has devoted much of his career to serving youth, including serving as Chief of Staff and Director of Youth & Children Services for the NYC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and as the Executive Director for South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), which provides comprehensive youth development services for NYC’s under-resourced South Asian community.  Mr. Tambar most recently served as Vice President, Community Health at Northwell Health.

“My life’s work has been dedicated to serving low-income children and providing them with the tools to reach their fullest potential,” said Mr. Tambar.  “I believe that I can build upon the tremendous work of NYJTL with my experience to utilize the powerful combination of tennis and education to better serve the community and empower the next generation of NYC youth.”

Mr. Tambar graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.  He most recently attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program receiving a certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

“Udai’s exceptional experience with youth programming, his comprehensive understanding of NYC’s afterschool programs, and his demonstrated passion for helping children achieve their goals make him the right choice to lead our organization,” said Bob Horne, NYJTL’s Board Chair.  “Next year NYJTL will celebrate 50 years of service to NYC’s children, and under Udai’s leadership we will embark upon our next phase of developing and implementing even more impactful programming for under-resourced youth.”

Mr.Tambar will succeed George Guimaraes, who led the organization successfully through the pandemic and worked to ensure that NYJTL’s resources were available to NYC children despite unprecedented challenges.  After five years devoted to leading the organization, Mr. Guimaraes is retiring to spend more time with his family.  “The entire NYJTL organization, on behalf of the thousands of children that we serve, thanks George for his many contributions over the past five years,” said Mr. Horne.

About NYJTL

The mission of New York Junior Tennis & Learning is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court.  Since 1971, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis, education, healthy living, and character development programs.  Today, it is the largest youth tennis and education non-profit in the nation, reaching more than 85,000 K-12 New York City youth.

NYJTL provides after school programming in approximately 30 schools and community tennis programming at approximately 40 sites throughout New York City in the summer months and at additional sites that operate during the school year.  In addition, NYJTL designed, funded (with NYC), built and operates the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, at which it provides free and commercial tennis programming year-round as well as life skills, character development and healthy living lessons.  All NYJTL community tennis and afterschool programs are offered at no cost to its participants.

NYJTL is looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022 (delayed due to COVID)!

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Do you want to be a US Open Ball Person?
To be considered for selection you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be available for qualifying (Tuesday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Aug. 27) and main draw (Monday, Aug. 30 to Sunday Sept. 12, 2021)

Benefits of being a US Open Ball Person:

  • Having an amazing summer job
  • Each Ball Person will be paid $15/hour and a normal day is approximately 8 hours, which includes a meal break
  • Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms are supplied and can be kept at the conclusion of the event
  • Being part of a unique team
  • Sharing the court with the world’s best tennis players

Applications will close on Wednesday, June 16 at 5 p.m. APPLY HERE!

Apply NOW!

Compete in the NYJTL Mayor’s Cup, the largest FREE interscholastic tournament in the nation! Learn more about the tournament!
Deadline to register is June 14!

Kayla Moore

Congratulations to Kayla Moore, longstanding member of the NYJTL family, for making it to the #1 National Ranking Girls in 12’s! Kayla participated in the community tennis program, and currently participates in the CLC Academy at the Cary Leeds Center.

ACES Feature!

Last week, the ACES Program participated in DYCD’s Innovation Expo featuring innovative resources that made afterschool remote youth engagement successful this year! NYJTL nominated 10 activities from 10 different sites and all 10 were selected to present at the Expo!

Community Youth Tennis Trainings!

Join the staff at the Cary Leeds Center in their NEW FREE youth-based tennis community trainings! Join Fridays from 4-6 pm year-round, or starting June 16, join Saturday’s from 9-11 am.
Call 718-247-7420 to register.
*limited spots available

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Summer Rising!

This Summer the ACES Afterschool Program is opening 15 Summer Rising sites serving 1,500 kids! Summer Rising is a free summer program for any NYC student in grades K–8. Students will get the opportunity to go outside, learn, and engage with their peers. All students participating in the program will have access to academic classes and enrichment programming, including field trips, arts activities and outdoor recreation. Students will also engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.

Save the Date!

In dedication to the late Mayor David N. Dinkins, this year a socially-distanced NYJTL Mayor’s Cup will return to the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning from June 19 to 26! Learn more about the tournament!

NYJTL Internship Program

This summer NYJTL will participate in the Internship to Employment Program facilitated by CUNY. We will host an 8-week internship, with the goal of exploring the potential for a permanent position at NYJTL for the interns. The internship will run from July 12, 2021 until September 3, 2021.

CLC Bubbles are Down!

The bubbles at the Cary Leeds Center have come down! The center will continue its season outdoors! Learn more about what the Cary Leeds Center offers.

Summer Rising

This year, NYJTL will be participating in Summer Rising, a New York City’s free summer plan for any child in grades K-12 who wants to participate.

Program Overview

  • Summer Rising will be available throughout New York City to every student grades K-8, including students with disabilities.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences.
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • All K–8 students participating in programs will have access to academic classes and enrichment programming, including field trips, arts activities and outdoor recreation. Students will engage in daily community building and social emotional learning activities.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

Register Here!