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Love All, NY: We Love You Too!

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Love All, NY: We Love You Too!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Our fundraiser last week was a huge success! We had a great turnout, our raffle raised a lot of money, the music was wonderful, the drinks were flowing, and overall, a wonderful time was had by all! Thank you again to M1-5 Lounge, City Winery and Sixpoint Brewery and all of our raffle prize sponsors/donors.

Check out all the photos on Facebook including photos of the students' art work.

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Class Recap: Week 17 & Lots of Photos

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Class Recap: Week 17 & Lots of Photos

We had a great class this past Saturday! It was beautiful weather and the kids were excited to be back on the courts after a week off. We practiced rallying and brought forehand volleying into their toolkit. Many of the kids picked up the volley "punch" easily. A few kids were a little intimidated being at the net--something I completely sympathize with! Hopefully after a few more lessons, they'll feel more comfortable being aggressive at the net.

Mark your calendars, the end of season community jamboree and youth tennis tournaments will be September 28th. (Rain date: October 5th.) All four sites will come together at Marcy Playground to compete in a 10 & over and 9 & under tennis tournament.

Lots of new photos have been added to the Facebook page! Like our page and check them out! Photos by Sam Hasan II. Click an image below to view the full album.

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4th Annual Fundraiser fundraiser

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Fundraiser: Less than 2 weeks away!

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Fundraiser: Less than 2 weeks away!

Don't miss it -- our 4th annual fundraiser is less than 2 weeks away! Get your tickets now online at: kctl4.eventbrite.com.

Ticket and raffle sales go towards supporting our amazing program that brings FREE tennis lessons to over 100 kids every Saturday at four public housing locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Every year, we take the kids, parents and volunteers to Arthur Ashe Kids Day (AAKD) where they get to play tennis games, watch professional players practice (last year there was a Federer sighting!) and most importantly, spend a day with hundreds of other tennis enthusiasts of all ages from all walks of life. It's a really amazing day where we share that special feeling that is the love of the game.

Here are a few photos from last year's AAKD. View the full album on Facebook.

KCTL at Arthur Ashe Kids Day

KCTL at Arthur Ashe Kids Day

KCTL at Arthur Ashe Kids Day

This we have amazing raffle prizes including: Nets Box tickets, US Open tickets and tour, Philharmonic tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and more. Drinks are being provided by Brooklyn Brewery. And there will be live jazz from The Austin Walker Trio. Not to mention, all your favorite KCTL board members and volunteers!

It'll be a great evening and we can't wait to see you there! Get your tickets now:

Eventbrite - Kings County Tennis League 4th Annual Fundraiser!

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

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The 3rd Annual Kings County Tennis League Fundraiser was a rousing success! Over one hundred people attended and participated in our raffle and silent auction. We raised more than enough to provide uniforms to the kids at all four sites, as well as the funds to take all the kids to Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY in August.

We had delicious food and free drinks, great raffle prizes and fantastic live jazz courtesy of the Austin Walker trio. An extra big thanks to our sponsors and supporters: USTA Eastern, New York City Housing Authority, Citizens Committee for New York City, and all our amazingly dedicated volunteers! And a thank you to these local businesses for providing prizes, and/or food and drink: Black Swan Restaurant, Bonobos Men's Clothing, Brooklyn Brewery, City Winery, Perelandra Natural Foods. The night wouldn't have been a success without your efforts!

It was an inspiring event that caught the attention of both local and state politicians and media. Thank you for your support and keep checking back on the site to see all the great things KCTL is doing! View all the photos from the event on the KCTL Facebook page.

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A Little Pat on the Back Publicity

I just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the support and publicity we've gotten in the past few weeks in an effort to make the fundraiser a success. We recently made it in the NYTime's side project: The Local (Ft. Greene & Clinton Hill): Local Youths Learn Tennis for Free. My favorite part?

“It’s just fun!” said seven-year-old Madison Francis, a participant who heard about the program through her school. “It gives you energy.”
Her mother, Amore Philip, is also a fan. “It gets her away from the computer,” she said. “She even wants to practice in the house.”

The fundraiser has also been published on the NY Social Diary, Socially Superlative, and Bedstuy Patch online calendars, which helps us reach a wider audience of potential funders.

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Get Ready for KCTL's 3rd Annual Fundraiser

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I am so pleased to announce the details for our 3rd Annual KCTL Fundraiser!

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

We'll be having a silent auction for a pair of U.S. Open President Box tickets! As well as a raffle for amazing prizes such as: Jay-Z concert tickets at the new Barclays Center; NY Philharmonic tickets (Wynton Marsalis, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert); NY Mets baseball tickets (great seats!); Catered dinner for 4; Perelandra Natural Goods Gift Basket and more!

Maybe you believe in our mission, maybe you've seen first-hand the difference it's made in the lives of the kids, maybe you're a tennis lover or sports enthusiast, maybe you're a Bed-Stuy resident -- whatever your reason, come join us for a great evening to support a worthy cause!

Eventbrite - Kings County Tennis League Fundraiser
Or view more details on our EventBrite KCTL Fundraiser page.

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