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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.
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.
COME CELEBRATE WITH KCTL!
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!
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.