SPORTIME Randall’s Island and the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) will host tryouts for children ages 6 to 12 who are interested in attending the John McEnroe Tennis Academy's instructional program at the SPORTIME/JMTA Randall’s Island tennis center complex.
Tryouts will take place at Harlem’s Frederick Johnson Playground Tennis Courts, home to its own popular summer recreational tennis programs. Youngsters from SPORTIME Randall’s Island neighboring communities, including Harlem and the South Bronx, are expected and encouraged to attend. Players will participate in activities and games designed by SPORTIME/JMTA coaches to assess capacities such as speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination.
The tryouts will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 12:00-1:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Frederick Johnson Playground Tennis Courts, located at Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Boulevard at West 150th Street in Harlem.
“We’re looking at the future of the sport,” said John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) Tennis Director Lawrence Kleger. “We want to reach out to young, local talent, introduce them to the world of tennis and foster long-term participation. These scholarships show kids who are interested in the sport that the Johnny Mac Tennis Project is as invested in them as they are in the game, and we want to reward their hard work and nurture their talent.”
JMTA coaches will make evaluations with an eye for both skill level and enthusiasm for the sport. Young athletes who display promise may be awarded a JMTP scholarship, which will cover group sessions, individual instruction, valuable training camps, integral performance training and mental toughness workshops, as well as convenient transportation to SPORTIME/JMTA facilities on Randall's Island. Since its founding in 2012, the JMTP and SPORTIME have awarded over 200 scholarships to children who live in the communities near Randall’s Island and throughout the city. Those invited to receive a scholarship will attend JMTA’s 34-week fall session, September through May.