This past Tuesday, tennis superstars John McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe hosted 50 New York City kids at Harlem’s Frederick Johnson Playground for academy scholarship tryouts. Hailing largely from neighborhoods in the South Bronx and East Harlem, youngsters arrived at the playground’s tennis courts—shoes laced tight and rackets in hand—to take part in a series of physical and mental agility tests, in the hopes of being invited to attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, through the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) scholarship program.
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The idea of having a champion come out of Harlem or the Bronx or Queens — specifically the city — that would be the most rewarding thing.”After speaking with the kids, McEnroe gathered the group in a circle and led a cheer of “New York City!”
A nonprofit affiliated with the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, the Johnny Mac Tennis Project was created by John McEnroe to remove social and economic barriers to tennis participation for NYC kids and to bridge the gap between recreational community-based programs and advanced tennis training.
JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, often leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers. Since its inception in 2012, over 4,700 East Harlem and South Bronx youth living adjacent to the SPORTIME/JMTA facilities on Randall’s Island have enjoyed the sport of tennis through free community programs offered to their schools.
- Video of Johnny Mac Tennis Project: https://vimeo.com/191060037
- Johnny Mac Tennis Project Fact Sheet: Click Here
- Johnny Mac Tennis Project Youth Tennis Scholarship Tryout Flier: Click Here
At the tryouts, JMTA coaches watched scholarship hopefuls’ performance with an eye for both skill level and enthusiasm for the sport. Young athletes came out to display their talents and demonstrate their drive, with the hope of being 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.
Photo captions: 1) Johnny Mac Tennis Project tennis balls. 2-10) Patrick McEnroe with young tennis players at Johnny Mac Tennis Project scholarship tryouts. Photos courtesy of SPORTIME Randall’s Island
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