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18th Annual CityParks Tennis Benefit
Billie Jean King, Christopher Rodriquez, Heather Lubov, Executive Director, City Parks Foundation, David Moore, Board Chair, City Parks Foundation. Photo by: Sylvester Zawadzki

Billie Jean King, Christopher Rodriquez, Heather Lubov, Executive Director, City Parks Foundation, David Moore, Board Chair, City Parks Foundation

Photo by: Sylvester Zawadzki


City Parks Foundation’s 18th Annual CityParks Tennis Benefit

 at the 2015 US Open Tennis Championships

 

On September 1, 2015, the City Parks Foundation’s annual CityParks Tennis Benefit, co-chaired by Billie Jean King and John McEnroe, was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The event, which welcomed 250 guests, raised over $257,000 for CityParks Tennis, a free youth instructional program that serves over 6,000 children in parks throughout New York City each season. 

The Benefit, which is held each year at the US Open Tennis Championships, was hosted by Budd Mishkin and featured a cocktail party, dinner, live auction, and tickets to the Open’s evening matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium. This year, City Parks Foundation honored Steve Owens, Head Pro, Saw Mill and Pleasantville Racquet Clubs and Todd Martin, CEO, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and former #4 player in the world with the Vitas Gerulaitis Community Service Award.

The event also honored CityParks Tennis youth player, 16 year-old Christopher Rodriguez, with the Billie Jean King Junior Award. Christopher, of Jackson Heights, Queens, began playing tennis with the program at age 10 in Flushing, before he earned a spot in the City Parks Foundation Junior Academy presented by LACOSTE, an annual tournament-training program for experienced players held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. The highlight of Rodriquez’s summer has been hitting with Thomas Blake at CityParks Tennis clinic with Coke. Christopher wants to go pro, inspired by his favorite player, Roger Federer.

CityParks Tennis, one of the largest municipal tennis programs in the country, provides free tennis lessons and activities at 38 parks citywide to children ages six to 16. CityParks Tennis also features an advanced training academy, which offers talented youth with financial need the opportunity to bring their game to a higher level of competition. Hundreds of academy graduates have earned college athletic scholarships and sectional and national rankings. Two graduates of the academy have played in the junior division at the US Open.

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in more than 350 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of programs in an effort to promote healthy and vibrant communities. Our programs and community building initiatives reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.  For more details, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org

 

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