New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is pleased to announce that Bob Horne has been elected as its Board Chair effective February 23, 2021. Mr. Horne has been an active member of NYJTL’s Board for 25 years, including acting as Treasurer and serving on the Executive Committee for more than 20 years.
A long-time resident of New York City, Mr. Horne is the managing partner of ZS Fund L.P., a private equity firm. Mr. Horne was captain of the Harvard tennis team and achieved a top ten world ranking in the men’s 35-and-over division. In addition to graduating from Harvard, Mr. Horne also is a graduate of the Stanford Business School.
“Consistent with our mission statement, I am very excited about the opportunity to help NYJTL continue to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court,” said Mr. Horne. “I hope to help NYJTL further its reach in after-school enrichment programming and grass roots tennis as we build upon the success of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in providing access to tennis year-round. I also look forward to supporting our talented staff as they look to provide additional tennis coaching and academic support to our most advanced players to enable them to get college scholarships.”
Mr. Horne succeeded Martin Goldberg, who served as Chairman for ten years. During Mr. Goldberg’s tenure as Chairman, NYJTL increased its after-school programming throughout New York City and raised the funds and completed the construction of the Cary Leeds Center, the $26.5 million state-of-the-art facility and flagship home of NYJTL in the heart of the Bronx. Mr. Goldberg was elected Vice Chair and will remain on the Executive Committee.
“A key to NYJTL’s success has been the skill and commitment of its board leadership. NYJTL is fortunate to have had Martin Goldberg and Tory Kiam as previous Board Chairs, and I am pleased that now Bob has taken on this important role,” said Skip Hartman, NYJTL’s founder and Chairman Emeritus. “As Treasurer and Executive Committee member for many years, Bob thoroughly understands the organization, its challenges and many opportunities.”
“I have worked alongside Bob for many years, and his dedication to the children in the organization is ever-present,” said Mr. Goldberg. “I am excited for him to fill this role and could not be more confident in this transition.”
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)!