NYJTL Strengthens School Year with Fall Festival Celebration!

(Tuesday, October 2, New York) – New York Junior Tennis & Learning is expanding its STEAM offerings throughout its ACES Afterschool and Community Tennis Programs at this year’s Fall Festival. After three years of running the very successful NYJTL STEAM Expo, the organization is including STEAM activities in its outdoor back-to-school Fall Festival Monday, October 8. Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics are at the core of all ACES Afterschool teaching.

Arthur Ashe, founding father of the National Junior Tennis & Learning model, knew that tennis was the hook to teach children about things more important than tennis and NYJTL has learned that their expertise in sports, activity, and motion combined with STEAM learning is the perfect recipe for fun, engagement, and long-term skill acquisition.

“STEAM is infused in all of our everyday activities, including tennis.  That’s why it made sense to include it in our fall festival offerings,” said Jen Wohl NYJTL Chief Education Officer. “Making STEAM activities accessible, engaging, and fun is the best way for young children to learn.”

The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm and takes place in Crotona Park, home of the NYJTL flagship, the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the heart of the Bronx.

Over 1,000 children from NYJTL’s five borough network and local Bronx children and families will experience the outdoor celebration that incudes tennis, STEAM activities, African Drum Dance, Zumba, face painting as well as experience the interactive Bronx museum bus where children and families learn the science behind the workings of the local Bronx River.

In addition, due to NYJTL’s partnership with First Book, children who attend the event will enjoy visiting reading tents. Children will be able to leave the day with a free book of their own to bring back home.

As part of its mentorship and volunteer training, high performance players from the Intensive Training Program and Advanced Training Program will give back time by assisting the on-court tennis training element for the day.

NYJTL believes that life skills gained through tennis and education are a catalyst for long-term academic achievement and the non-profit is investing heavily in the model of combined sports and education learning.

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About New York Junior Tennis & Learning

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.

In June 2015, the $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning opened its doors as the flagship home of NYJTL in the heart of the Bronx.  In April 2017, the center completed its final phase of construction and opened the Pershing Square Stadium, the Victor Kiam Stadium, and the Dalia and Larry Leeds Viewing Bridge.  The Cary Leeds Center provides more than 6,000 hours of free tennis court time annually to the community’s under resourced youth.

NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, providing 3,000,000 hours of year-round programming that serves youth from all five boroughs.  All NYJTL Community Tennis and Afterschool programs are offered at no cost to its participants.

For more information, contact:
Joe Ceriello, NYJTL Marketing & Communications, (917) 693-6672; jceriello@nyjtl.org

Cary Leeds Center Welcomes the World with US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament

BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2018 – Players from 28 nations spanning the globe, all vying for a spot in the US Open Junior Tournament, converge at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning. Thirty-two of the strongest boys and girls in each draw will play for one of eight spots into the main draw tournament. The final eight matches are scheduled to begin at 10 am on Saturday, September 1. All match times for the tournament can be found at https://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html.

 

Assemblyman Michael Blake, NYJTL President & CEO George Guimaraes, and USTA Junior Tournament Director Lew Brewer gathered to welcome the first-round competitors on the new Victor Kiam Stadium Court. Young, rising American player Katrina Scott, scheduled to play the opening match on that stadium, hit the first “official” ball fed by Assemblyman Blake to symbolize the kick off of the tournament.

 

“The Cary Leeds Center is a state-of-the-art facility,” said US Open Junior Tournament Director Lew Brewer. “It is more than capable of hosting world-class events and makes for a great host for the US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament.”

 

The event attracts elite college coaches from all over the county scouting for talent to fill their next year’s rosters.

 

“It’s incredible being here,” said Steve Denton, 1982 US Open Doubles Champion and head coach of Texas A&M, “I knew Cary Leeds from his Yale days and stayed with the Leeds family in 1976 while I was playing a collegiate tournament.”

 

The move from the park courts outside of the National Tennis Center to its new home in the Bronx is receiving strong praise from the players and USTA staff.

 

NYJTL Board Member Carlos Cuevas, a long time Bronx resident and former NYC City Clerk, remembers “a time when no one would walk in this park, and it warms my heart to see the Bronx prosper and grow to such extraordinary heights”.

 

“I want to thank the NYJTL and the USTA for introducing the great sport of tennis to a brand new audience in my district, while providing Bronx residents a unique opportunity to witness world-class tennis from the future generation of tennis champions firsthand,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera.

 

In addition, the Cary Leeds Center is hosting the “Little Mo” North Regionals, simultaneously utilizing all 22 courts in Crotona Park. The “Little Mo” brings in over 130 young competitors who will someday aspire to be compete a few courts over.

 

“Pairing these events serves as inspiration for our kids to dream big and set goals for the future,” said MCB Foundation Tournament Operations Manager, Matt Cody.

 

About New York Junior Tennis & Learning
 
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 85,000 K-12 New York City youth. NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, providing three million hours of year-round tennis and education programming serving youth from all five New York City boroughs.  All NYJTL Community Tennis and Afterschool programs are offered at no cost to participants.

 

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

 

For more information, contact:
Pat Mitsch, USTA Communications, (914) 656-9021; Mitsch@usta.com
Joe Ceriello, NYJTL Marketing & Communications, (917) 693-6672;

 

Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning To Host 2018 US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament

FLUSHING, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2018 – The USTA today announced that the US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament, during which 64 of the world’s top 18-and-under boys and girls tennis players will compete for a chance to play in the US Open Junior Championships, will be held at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx August 31-September 1.

 

The main draw of the US Open Junior Championships runs September 2-9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., and will feature tomorrow’s stars from around the world. Four US Open junior singles champions – Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport and Stefan Edberg – have gone on to win the US Open singles title, as did junior finalists Roger Federer, Boris Becker, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis.

 

The US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament features 32-player singles draws for boys and girls, with eight players on each side advancing to the main draw. The 2018 Boys’ and Girls’ Qualifying fields feature mostly players ranked in the Top 100 of the world junior rankings.

 

“The US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament features some of the best junior tennis players in the world, and the Cary Leeds Center is a world-class tennis facility,” said US Open Junior Tournament Director Lew Brewer. “Not only does it make a great host for the Qualifying Tournament, but it allows us to offer all of our main-draw juniors more practice time than ever before.”

 

In June 2015, the $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning opened its doors as the flagship home of New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) in the heart of the Bronx. In April 2017, the Cary Leeds Center completed its final phase of construction with the opening of the Pershing Square Stadium, the Victor Kiam Stadium, and the Dalia and Larry Leeds Viewing Bridge. The Cary Leeds Center provides more than 6,000 hours of free tennis court time annually to the community’s under-resourced youth.

 

“NYJTL believes that life skills gained through tennis and education are the catalyst for long-term achievement and sees the opportunity to work with the USTA in hosting the US Open Junior Qualifying Tournament as a way to introduce tennis and inspire the next generation,” said George Guimaraes, NYJTL CEO & President.

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About New York Junior Tennis & Learning

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 85,000 K-12 New York City youth. NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, providing three million hours of year-round tennis and education programming serving youth from all five New York City boroughs.  All NYJTL Community Tennis and Afterschool programs are offered at no cost to participants.

 

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

 

For more information, contact:

Pat Mitsch, USTA Communications, (914) 656-9021; Mitsch@usta.com.

Joe Ceriello, NYJTL Marketing & Communications, (917) 693-6672; jceriello@nyjtl.org

NYJTL and Universal Tennis Present the #MyUTRImpact Video Submission Campaign

Submit your #MyUTRImpact video and win the UTR Award!

NYJTL and Universal Tennis have partnered for the 30th Annual NYJTL Mayor’s Cup to bring you a fun way to tell a story about how tennis has changed your life!

Here’s how you can submit your #MyUTRImpact story! Follow these steps:
1. Download the Greenfly app to your phone.
2. Use code “UTRMayorsCup” to sign up.
3. Record your video on your phone say your name, UTR and how tennis has impacted your life.
4. Upload the video to the Greenfly app by pressing on “send videos or photos anytime”
5. In the “Add a description” area, write your  name, UTR, your  Instagram handle and/or Twitter handle and #MyUTRImpact
6. Then press “send”!

Video Requirements Submit your #MyUTRImpact video to be featured during the NYJTL Mayor's Cup!
Player Full Name
Player UTR
Player Age
Tell us how tennis has impacted your life, what does tennis mean to you.
Ex: Hi, my name is John Smith, I’m 15 years old and I’m a UTR 8.50. Tennis has had a big impact on my life because…”

Approval 
1. Videos will be submitted to Greenfly. Team UTR will review and approve videos before they are made public, making sure that every video shines a positive light on both NYJTL and UTR.
2. Videos will be shared on @MyUTR Twitter, Instagram Facebook using the hashtag #MyUTRImpact, @NYJTL will monitor social platforms and re-post these videos on their social channels.
3. Approved videos will be shared to NYJTL and MyUTR YouTube channels

Winners Announced at Final Awards Show!

NYJTL Announces Bronx Community Book Distribution

New York (May 14) – The 30th annual NYJTL Mayor’s Cup will be presented by Disney culminating on June 9 with distribution by First Book of 20,000 free books to the Bronx community and schools.

Disney’s support of the NYJTL Mayor’s Cup, which is a free tennis tournament attracting entries from 800 New York City youth, provides an immediate impact with the addition this year of the distribution of books.

“The funding from Disney allows us to better assist scholar athletes and directly impacts the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Education community.” said George Guimaraes, NYJTL CEO & President.

Disney also supports First Book, a nonprofit that provides equal access to quality education for all children.

“First Book is honored to work with Disney and NYJTL on this important initiative,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, co-founder, and CEO of First Book. “In addition to the health benefits that come from tennis, physical exercise has a tangible impact on academic performance, improving children’s social and emotional learning and their cognitive abilities. In fact, children who are physically active typically perform better in reading and math. So capping this year’s NYJTL Mayor’s Cup with 20,000 brand new books for Bronx schools: that’s truly a perfect match.”

Highlighting the NYJTL Mayor’s Cup presented by Disney Finals Awards Show with a live vocal performance will be Miya Mayo Bass, a former NYJTL staff member who was a contestant in the 2017-18 season of “The Voice” broadcast nationally on NBC.  Bass, who is a native of Jamaica, Queens is the daughter of two NYPD police officers and was an NYJTL site director in 2017. 

“NYJTL will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am so happy to be back sharing my talents with so many wonderful and inspiring children,” said Bass.

The official NYJTL Mayor’s Cup application is now online at https://www.nyjtl.org/mayors-cup.

 

About New York Junior Tennis & Learning

 

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 85,000 K-12 New York City youth.

 

In June 2015, the $26.5 million Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning opened its doors as the flagship home of NYJTL in the heart of the South Bronx.  In April 2017, the Cary Leeds Center completed its final phase of construction with the opening of the Pershing Square Stadium, the Victor Kiam Stadium, and the Dalia and Larry Leeds Viewing Bridge.  The Cary Leeds Center provides more than 6,000 hours of free tennis court time annually to the community’s under-resourced youth.

 

NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, providing three million hours of year-round tennis and education programming serving youth from all five New York City boroughs.  All NYJTL Community Tennis and Afterschool programs are offered at no cost to participants.

 

About First Book

First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 375,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries.

First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.

 

 

About The NYJTL Mayor’s Cup

2018 marks the 30th consecutive year that New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) has hosted the Mayor’s Cup, which is the largest interscholastic tennis tournament in the nation with  more than 600 participants representing 160 private, public, and parochial schools in New York City competing in elementary, middle school, and high school divisions.

The NYJTL Mayor’s Cup, which runs from May 31 – June 9, is free to participants and includes 18 team and individual events for beginners to experienced varsity athletes all competing at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the heart of the South Bronx. Early round matches are played on 22 courts with the final varsity individual matches featured on the state-of-the art Victor Kiam and Pershing Square Stadium courts with viewing for more than 800 spectators.