City Parks Foundation Free Sports Instruction For Youth From Harlem To Hollis, Queens

City Parks Foundation will kick off its 2021 free summer sports programs for young people this week.

The programs, running from July through August, include free instruction for New York City youth in tennis, golf, track & field, multi-sport instruction in local neighborhood parks across all five boroughs.

City Parks Foundation will provide over 3,000 New York City children free sports instruction, including free use of equipment in over 30 locations citywide.


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Registration for programs is still available in advance online at cityparksfoundation.org/play

BNP Paribas is the presenting sponsor of CityParks Tennis. LACOSTE is a supporting sponsor of the program. CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to children, ages eight to 17, in over 20 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program, one of the largest free municipal tennis programs in the United States, makes tennis instruction freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Lessons for youth are offered at all skill levels. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs, and special events. CityParks Tennis runs through August 23 and concludes with a fun tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center on August 23 and the BNP Paribas Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on August 19.

CityParks Golf presented by supporting sponsors LACOSTE and The First Tee NYC makes it fun and easy for children, ages eight to 17, to learn to play golf in their own neighborhood. Free lessons are held twice weekly in 5 public parks and include the use of equipment. The program teaches youth the basics of the sport and helps them develop self-esteem, discipline, and sportsmanship.

Dedicated players can ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy – specialized programs available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers to program for beginners. CityParks Golf will be held through August 23.

CityParks Track & Field, presented in partnership with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, is held in 4 parks citywide, gives New York City youth, ages eight to 17, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. The program runs through August 16 and will have sessions twice weekly.

CityParks Everyday Play features tennis, soccer, golf, track & field, and multi-sport instruction and runs July 6  through August 23 and will run Monday through Friday, offering children ages eight to 17 a half-day of engaging sports activities. Running from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Everyday Play will be held at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx and Baisley Pond Park in Queens.

For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2021 summer sports programs, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/play

Generous private support for CityParks Tennis is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The New York Community Trust – The George and Valerie Delacorte Fund, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, The Venable Foundation, the USTA Foundation, USTA Eastern, and the Irwin Weiner Charitable Foundation.

CityParks Tennis presenting program sponsor is BNP Paribas and the supporting program sponsor is Lacoste. Presenting sponsor of the Aces tournament is BNP Paribas and the official apparel sponsor is Lacoste.

Lacoste is also the title sponsor of the Lacoste Tennis Academy. Generous private support for CityParks Golf is provided by The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, American Seniors Golf Association, and The Venable Foundation. Lacoste and The First Tee are supporting program sponsors.

Generous private support of the Junior Golf Center is provided by The First Tee, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, American Seniors Golf Association, and The Philip M. Waterman Foundation Inc. Supporting sponsor of the Junior Golf Center and Annex is Lacoste.

Generous private support for CityParks Everyday Play is provided by the Thompson Family Foundation, The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. Generous private support of CityParks Track is provided in part by The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation, L+M Development Partners, and The Venable Foundation and in partnership with Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

Generous public support for CityParks Tennis, Golf, EveryDay Play and Track is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson. CityParks Play programs are made possible in partnership with NYC Parks.

At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers.

Our programs — located in more than 400 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 310,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

Registration for programs is still available in advance online at cityparksfoundation.org/play

Photo credit: Mount Morris Park 1935.

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