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JMTA Expands Local School Programs

After a successful 2013-14 programming year, and with its dual purposes of training the next generation of great American players and providing free tennis instruction to under-resourced children in New York City, JMTA announced that it will continue and expand its free school programs that focus on serving children in the neighborhoods closest to its flagship location on Randall’s Island. This 2014-2015 programming season started on October 20 and will continue throughout the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.

JMTA Master professional Jamie Moore, who doubles as Community Outreach Director for Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), oversees a program in which Sportime Randall’s Island and the JMTA, supported by the JMTP, provide thousands of hours of free tennis instruction each year to local children.

Through the program, Sportime Randall’s Island welcomes public and charter school children from Harlem and The Bronx for on-site tennis at the SPORTIME Randall’s Island facility.  In addition, JMTA sends its pros to other schools in Harlem.  Many of these schools are serviced in a continuing partnership with the Wellness in the Schools not-for-profit foundation, bringing the sport of tennis, along with a commitment to health and fitness, to the kids during their lunch and recess hours.

Between its on and off-site efforts, JMTA and JMTP are reaching kids from local schools including P.S 7, P.S. 37, P.S. 72, P.S. 88, P.S. 112, P.S. 146,   M.S. 224, Central Park II 964, Bronx Studio for Writers and Artists, Our Lady Queen of Angels School, International Community High School, Fanny Lou Hamer Freedom High School, Union Settlement, ALCS Group Home and the Hyde Leadership Academy.

Approximately 400 children per week attend the on-site sessions, while hundreds of others benefit from the off-site programs. JMTA is also offering a session on Monday afternoons to a seniors group from the Union Settlement Association in East Harlem as an extension of the program.

“This was so successful last year and we are pleased to be able to continue to address both legs of the mission of JMTP,” said Mark McEnroe, President of JMTP.  “Feedback from kids, parents and administrators at the schools has been tremendous, and I know that our pros have enjoyed the experience of working with these groups very much.”

The twin purposes of JMTP are:

• To make tennis accessible to hundreds and even thousands of under-resourced kids from the NYC communities surrounding Randall’s Island each year, and to do so in a manner that allows those kids to excel at the game of tennis and to progress as far as their talent and interest takes them.

• To help train a smaller group of NYC kids to be serious players, with many receiving  college scholarships, with the hope that someday soon many of those young athletes will be coming out of these community programs and outreach efforts.

JMTP provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area, as well as introducing the sport to hundreds of new junior players each year in the neighborhoods surrounding Academy locations. JMTP and Sportime Clubs, home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, have already provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships and no-cost programming to young players in New York City and its communities. Sportime Randall’s Island has been the flagship location of JMTA since 2010.

John McEnroe Tennis Academy To Move Long Island Base To Syosset This Fall

Below is today’s big announcement that the JMTA is moving its Long Island base to SPORTIME Syosset… the flagship JMTA location remains at SPORTIME Randall’s Island…

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) today announced that it will be accommodating its growing Long Island base of students with a move of its home facility on Long Island to SPORTIME Syosset Tennis & Multi-Sport this fall. The flagship JMTA location remains at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, and SPORTIME Bethpage will remain a valuable Academy resource.

Long Island JMTA students will benefit immediately from the more easily accessible location of SPORTIME Syosset (75 Haskett Drive) as well as its larger and more diverse space. In addition to a much larger functional training room, a full multi-sport court, a large pro-shop with on-site stringing service, the beautiful SPORTIME Syosset facility offers both hard court (deco-turf) and clay (har-tru) surfaces, ideal for tournament training throughout the competitive seasons.

Private coaching and match play will now be available at SPORTIME Bethpage with more day/time options, as well as an expanded schedule of “home club” tournaments.

The Academy is really starting to take hold here on Long Island,” said Mike Kossoff, JMTA Director, “And with SPORTIME and JMTA student Noah Rubin having just won the Wimbledon Junior title, the phones have been ringing. The move to SPORTIME Syosset, with its multiple surfaces, larger training space, and other amenities, will help foster that growth for all of our students, including the many elite players who train with us.”

For more information on the JMTA, visit http://www.johnmcenroetennisacademy.com. For more on SPORTIME Syosset, visit http://www.sportimeny.com/Syosset-Tennis.


SPORTIME is proud to operate the finest tennis facilities in New York State, with over 160 indoor and outdoor courts at 13 clubs across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. SPORTIME strives to provide its members with welcoming and comfortable environments and the best instructional programs anywhere. SPORTIME’s “fitness for real life” philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and that offer the best tennis facilities and instruction, along with great gyms, camps and sports and fitness programs. SPORTIME is most proud to be the home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island since 2010, and home the JMTA Annexes at Syosset and Bethpage, Long Island; and Lake Isle, Eastchester, since 2012.


Jamie Loeb On USTA Collegiate Team; Felix Alvarado To Assist

Jamie Loeb, whose many accolades as a freshman at the University of North Carolina included being named ITA Rookie of the Year, was selected to the USTA Collegiate National Team, a high-level training program designed to help top American college players make a smooth transition to professional tennis.

She and JMTA Randalls Island Assistant GM and Director of Tennis Felix Alvarado, who will assist with the team, are noted in this feature on USTA.com introducing the team.

SPORTIME Pros Look For Future Stars and John McEnroe Tennis Academy Students at Scholarship Tryouts At Randall’s Island June 14

Young hopefuls from all across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island on Saturday, June 14, when SPORTIME coaches seek untapped talent in tryouts for full and partial scholarships to attend one of three John McEnroe Tennis Academy locations.  The day begins with registration at 8 a.m., with a series of evaluation sessions concluding at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Open to juniors ages 6-16, the tryouts will be led by an Assessment Committee, which will evaluate talent as players go through evaluations, drills and matches beginning at 9 a.m.  Scholarship winners will be notified by July 6.

For more information, parents of interested children can email JMTATryout@SportimeNY.com or visit www.JohnMcEnroeTennisAcademy.com. Registration closes on June 6 at 5 p.m. ET.

Proper tennis attire must be worn.  There is no fee to try out, but pre-registration is required.  Player locker and shower facilities will be available and food and beverages are available for purchase at the SPORTIME Courtside Café. Water will be available on court. Full service pro-shop and stringing service available on site. Entrants can visit www.sportimeny.com/JMTAScholarship for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.

“Past tryouts at various SPORTIME locations have helped us find players with great potential” said JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger. “We all look forward to a great day of try-outs and to finding some amazing kids and future champions.”

And for parents who want to bring along other children ages 3-10 who are not trying out, SPORTIME will host the free U10 Tennis Kid-Tacular, specially-designed programs with prizes, games and fun. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. following completion of the first phase of the tryouts.

Johnny Mac Back On The Road This Week Preaching The Gospel Of Tennis

McEnroe-CharlotteWhile he has spent most days in and around the Academy at Randall’s Island, the demand to have John McEnroe on court is still high. Tonight John is in Nashville, Kentucky, and Thursday night he is in Charlotte, North Carolina, playing in The Champions Cup. McEnroe will headline the one-night tournaments, along with Jimmy Connors, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl both nights.

Following “Play with the Pros” experiences with fans, they will compete in one-set semifinals followed immediately by finals both nights.

Here is a preview featuring McEnroe and Connors in the Nashville Tennessean.

And the Charlotte Observer had this story in advance of Thursday night’s action.