Kings County Tennis League Celebrates End of Summer

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Annual tournament and jamboree closes out season, while standout student advances

20 September, 2017 – The leaves have started to fall on the Marcy playground – the center of tennis on a Saturday in Bedford Stuyvesant – and those who listen closely can hear their crunch under feet, along with the satisfying pop of a tennis ball hitting a sweet spot. With the arrival of Autumn, King’s County Tennis League (KCTL) is taking Saturday to say goodbye to Summer and welcome all the exciting changes this upcoming season.

First up, on Saturday, September 23, KCTL will hold its 8th Annual Youth Tournament & Community Jamboree from 12-4pm at Marcy Playgrounds. The tournament consists of a round robin and elimination style singles tournament for 10-and-under and 11-and-over age categories. After the matches conclude, everyone celebrates with food and drinks prepared by KCTL parents, as well as an awards presentation for students and site leaders followed by entertainment for all. 

“We have had a great summer – it’s amazing how much we’ve grown and developed,” said David Webley, the program manager at KCTL. “We launched two new programs – Go Girls Go and Upswing – registered over 150 students for classes, including at the recently renovated Tompkins Houses and Sumner Houses, and had a trip to the US Open for a live demo on a show court. Even if we didn’t have a tournament on Saturday, we’d have a lot to celebrate.”

While the Jamboree once marked the end of KCTL for the year, now it only signifies a transition from season-to-season. On Monday, October 2, KCTL kicks off its Fall After-School Program, offering classes four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 3:45 to 5:45pm for five weeks, until November 2. Another tournament will take place on November 4, to test skills learned and tide over the students’ urge for competition until January.

12-year-old KCTL Marcy Club standout, Jonathan Del Rosario, will start competitive training and play tournaments this fall. 

12-year-old KCTL Marcy Club standout, Jonathan Del Rosario, will start competitive training and play tournaments this fall. 

In addition to all the good things happening with KCTL, one of its top students, Jonathan Del Rosario – who has been with the program nearly all seven years – has a bit of his own. Del Rosario has received a scholarship to play at a high-performance junior academy at McCarren Park beginning October 16. Hopefully the first in a long line of KCTL students to benefit from such scholarships, KCTL is nonetheless excited for the 12-year-old Jonathan, who will compete in USTA tournaments in the Fall.

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WHO: Kings County Tennis League

WHAT: KCTL 8th Annual Youth Tournament & Community Jamboree

WHERE: Marcy Courts, 753 Myrtle Ave, Corner of Myrtle and Nostrand

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 12-4pm EDT

WHY: Seasons like 2017 don’t happen every year!

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About KCTL: Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses tennis as an instrument for youth development and community building in underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. What began in 2010 as a seasonal operation at Marcy Houses has evolved into a year-round program in five public housing developments in the summer, at Marcy Houses in the fall after school and at Pratt Institute in the winter. KCTL currently has five clubs reaching more than 150 children: Marcy, Tompkins, Sumner, Jackie Robinson and Lafayette Gardens.

Kings County Tennis League Joins Up with Net Generation

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Visit to US Open on Labor Day gives KCTL kids taste of pro tennis

4 September, 2017 – The sights and sounds of the U.S. Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing are unmistakable: trains coming from the 7 subway and LIRR, burgers on a grill, the pop of a ball hitting a sweet spot.

On Labor Day, eight kids from the Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) saw and heard everything the Open has to offer, including the players’ tunnel and the practice courts, as the USTA hosted tennis standouts from the region for its Net Generation program kickoff. In addition to running drills and learning strategy, the students and parents were given a grounds pass to watch a full day of tennis around the Flushing campus, including Round-of-16 and doubles matches.

“Our KCTL students participated in an on-court demonstration, warmed up and rallied on court 17 –which is one of the show courts at The Open – before the first match of the day, and saw everything from a player’s perspective,” said David Webley, the program manager at KCTL. “The kids did us proud, showing great signs of sportsmanship and discipline and getting a taste of the adrenaline felt by professionals before they play their matches!”

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The U.S. Open event topped off a summer of growth for the program that brings tennis to kids that living in the housing developments of Bedford Stuyvesant. KCTL launched two new programs: Go Girls Go, which focuses on girls’ tennis development, and Upswing, which gives extra instruction and court time to students with an aptitude toward and love of the sport. The tennis league also registered over 150 students into its core curriculum, renovated two tennis surfaces at Tompkins Houses and Sumner Houses and led extra-curricular activities, including a pasta making class.

On Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day before the start of the Open, the USTA introduced Net Generation, a new kid-friendly approach to tennis with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young tennis players. Net Generation gathers all American tennis programs under one unified youth brand, making it easier for children and their parents to learn about tennis and develop their games in schools, parks and tennis clubs across the country. The movement embraces all aspects of youth play for kids ages 5-18.

“It is essential to implement the best infrastructure and environment for the current and future generation of kids,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. “Net Generation will help further our commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles and bringing more children into the game by reaching kids and parents in a dynamic and easier way than ever before.”

KCTL and the USTA have partnered on several fronts, including the renovation of several tennis courts in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Neighborhood of Brooklyn.

            “The USTA has helped open up a lot of opportunities for our kids,” Webley said. “We couldn’t do it with them.”

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About KCTL: Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses tennis as an instrument for youth development and community building in underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. KCTL currently has five clubs reaching more than 100 children under its direction: Marcy, Tompkins, Sumner, Jackie Robinson and Lafayette Gardens.

Kings County Tennis League Opens Renovated Sumner Court for Brooklyn Neighborhood

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Ribbon-Cutting Marks Third Restoration for Tennis Development Organization

26 August, 2017 – When they opened some 50 years ago, the tennis court adjacent to the city’s Sumner Houses displayed a bright green hue, with clear white lines and a clean surface. Absentee players and neglect left the court cracked and pock-marked, however, with a bit of flora sprouting up in inauspicious places – until a group of kids decided to make them home to a tennis club in 2014.

Three years later, the Sumner court has not only a fresh blue and green asphalt coat similar to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but also light blue lines inside standard court boundaries for teaching younger kids. The renovation comes to Sumner Houses courtesy of the Sumner Tennis Club and its parent organization, Kings County Tennis League.

The group officially cuts the ribbon on Saturday, September 26, but practices have already begun and the kids from the Sumner Club have already given the court a nod of approval. “With the renovation at Sumner, KCTL can now expand its after-school and Upswing programs to that site, allowing 20-25 students extra court time and enabling younger students to benefit twice a week for two hours through the summer, potentially more,” said David Webley, KCTL’s Program Manager.

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“The renovation will go a long way to improving the regular Saturday session held at Sumner and attract new children to tennis, as well as encourage kids living in the Sumner housing development to go and practice on their own – as we provide them with all equipment they need,” Webley said. He added that the new court showed KCTL’s commitment to its mission of building and strengthening the communities where it teaches.

The Sumner Houses court is KCTL’s third tennis restoration project on Myrtle Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 2014, KCTL funded the resurfacing of the tennis court at Marcy Houses and, in spring 2017, collaborated with the administration of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to create two youth-size tennis courts in the Tompkins Houses courtyard in time for the Tompkins Club season-opener on June 3.

The $19,000 resurfacing at Sumner compares to the one KCTL undertook at the Marcy playground and the funding was raised through individual donors and a grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). “Our vision is that this is a long term investment in the community,” said KCTL Founder and President Michael McCasland. “Kids can now play on a functional regulation court as early as five and by 10, be competing.”

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WHO: Kings County Tennis League and the Sumner Tennis Club

WHAT: New court ribbon-cutting ceremony

WHERE: Sumner Houses, 983 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn; after-party at Cafe Erzuile, 894 Broadway

WHEN: Sat, August 26, 2017, 3PM – 5:30 PM EDT

WHY: Community tennis is building in Bed-Stuy!

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About KCTL: Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that uses tennis as an instrument for youth development and community building in underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. KCTL currently has five clubs reaching more than 100 children under its direction: Marcy, Tompkins, Sumner, Jackie Robinson and Lafayette Gardens.