This summer the Free Family Tennis and Reading Program for children ten and under will take place at the Frederick Johnson Playground “The Jungle” at 151 Street & 7th Avenue starting Saturday, July 13th to August 17th, 2019, from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM. The next best thing to cool outdoor playsets for kids is the opening day ceremonies that kick-off the 92nd birthday celebration for the Honorable Mayor David Dinkins. Registration for the tennis camp is available online at Sampenceal.com. Electronic registration will ensure your student’s participation in the program. Paper registration forms will be available at the courts for those who do not have access to the internet. At the end of the clinic, participants are invited to attend the free US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day on August 24th, 2019, in Flushing, NY.
Penceal has been hosting the free FTRP tennis clinics since 2010. He served as a national tester for the Professional Tennis Registry for 12 years. In this position, he trained aspiring teaching professionals for national certification. Each year Penceal personally donates money and obtains sponsorship for FTRP through the David Dinkins Tennis Club. “The program’s success continues to be ensured by the voluntary efforts of club members and teaching professionals,” says Penceal. “It is our hope these sessions facilitate the beginning of a bonding experience that family members will enjoy together for the rest of their lives,” states Penceal. Penceal is best known for his athletic exploits as a member of the Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team in the 1960s.
A lifelong Harlem resident, Penceal has been an educator and education administrator in New York and around the country for more than four decades. Penceal is a former Blue Ribbon award-winning middle school principal experienced in improving schools and increasing student academic achievement.