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Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

Week 9 Recap: Davis Cup!

On Saturday, July 29, our students competed in Davis Cup, as is KCTL midseason tradition. Modeled off the real Davis Cup, each of the five sites represented a country in the doubles tournament. We put the following nations on the map: Mongolia (Tompkins), Greece (Marcy), Brazil (Lafayette Gardens), Kenya (Sumner), and Trinidad & Tobago (Jackie Robinson). 

Saturday was an usually windy day at Marcy Playground, but we held things (the portable tennis nets) down (literally) with bags of rice. Before the matches began, student ambassadors from each site presented some historical and cultural information on their country to an audience that included many volunteers, parents, family members, and other spectators. The national anthems from each country were played.

The format of the tournament was as follows: The first doubles team to 10 points was the winner of the match. To compliment real tennis scoring, victory meant winning by at least two points. Every single point counted toward the final team score, which propelled participants to make the most of every single point. The final point count was divided by how many matches each site played to determine the Champion.

During play, we witnessed some healthy competition from each site which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. Program Manager Dave Webley notes that he observed "very encouraging signs that our students are improving their games, while learning how to deal with their emotions when competing."

Mongolia was declared the Champion at the end of the day. Congratulations, Tompkins! Although four teams did not go home as winners, all participants had a thrilling and rewarding Davis Cup tournament. Everyone played at least three matches, remained engaged, and demonstrated competitive spirit. 

Annual End-of-Season Youth Tennis Tournament & Community Jamboree

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Annual End-of-Season Youth Tennis Tournament & Community Jamboree

To celebrate a successful tennis season and all the handwork of our youth athletes and volunteers, KCTL holds a fun-filled day of youth tournaments and a community jamboree. The youth tournaments include an 11-and-over bracket and 10-and-under bracket that students from all four sites compete in. All players receive merit awards for participating in the season and the tournament. Tournament winners will receive trophies.

The community jamboree includes free food, music and entertainment. The event starts at 1pm and goes until the tournament is over. And we'll have a very special, first ever, finals match from those playing in the competitive division of the KCTL's Volunteer Tennis Tournament!

Saturday, October 4 at 1pm at Marcy Playground (corner of Myrtle and Nostrand Avenues) in Bedford-Stuyvesant. In case of rain, the event will happen on Oct. 11.

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Check out more photos from our 2013 Jamboree and 2012 Jamboree on Facebook.

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End of Season Youth Tennis Tournament and Community Jamboree

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KCTL has had an amazing season this year and I can't believe it's almost over! Cheer on over 100 kids on Saturday as they participate in KCTL's Youth Tennis Tournaments (9 and under, 10 and over). Meet KCTL board members and volunteers, hang out with your BedStuy neighbors and enjoy a whole afternoon of tennis. There will be music and kids' games and food!

View photos from last year's end of season tournament and jamboree on Facebook! Album 1 and Album 2.

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End of Season Jamboree: Congratulations Marcy Tennis Club!

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End of Season Jamboree: Congratulations Marcy Tennis Club!

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On Saturday, KCTL held it's 3rd annual end-of-season tournaments and community jamboree. It was a great day of tennis and community engagement. All four KCTL sites (Marcy, Tompkins, Lafayette Gardens and Sumner) registered tennis players in our tennis tournaments - one for kids nine and under, and the other for kids ten and up. The tournament was played on eight youth-size tennis courts with the semis and final matches played on the tennis court at Marcy Playground. The tournament was preceded by lots of fun group photos as well as the playing of the national anthem.

Amped music filled the playground all afternoon, and a clown/magician entertained the kids while they waited for their matches. Lunch was provided to our athletes, volunteers and community. Not surprisingly for a group of kids, icees were the most popular item on the menu.

It was really fantastic to watch the kids play, and to meet the kids from other sites that I'm not personally involved at (I primarily volunteer at the Tompkins site.) The kids were friendly no matter what shirt they wore. I saw several moments of camaraderie when after winning a match, the winner consoled the losing player that they had played great, it was a good match and other kudos. My heart just about burst. It made me realize that these kids get it, that character is more important than competition.

The 10 and up tournament came down to two boys from Sumner and Marcy. Marcy won. The 9 and under tournament came down to two boys from Marcy and Tompkins. Marcy won again.

All in all it was a great day. I'm sad for the season to end, but I can't wait for it to start again in the spring! View all the photos from the jamboree on Facebook.

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End of Season Tennis Tournaments and Community Jamboree!

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The end-of-the-season jamboree and tennis tournament is upon us! On September 29, 2012 from noon - 4pm, join the community and KCTL for youth tennis tournaments, free food and live music. Participating students will win awards and trophies. Registration for the tournaments start at noon. Tournament play begins at 1pm. There will be a 9 and younger tournament and a 10 and older tournament. The rain date is Saturday, October 6.

Come out for a great day celebrating the KCTL program and the Bed-Stuy community! RSVP on our Facebook page.

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