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Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program celebrates 40 years with gala

March 28, 2012 01:38 PM
NEW YORK – 40-Love. This score represents a commanding lead in tennis, and for the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, (HJTEP) "40-Love" represents the celebration of its 40th Anniversary in 2012. HJTEP’s goal is to continue to score a commanding lead in life for its program participants.

HJTEP’s year-long celebration kicks off with a Celebrity Pro Am on Monday, May 7, at the prestigious USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Matches begin at 2 p.m. with tennis champions John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Jim Courier, James Blake, Justin Gimelstob, Gigi Fernandez, Mary Joe Fernandez, Zina Garrison, Chanda Rubin and others pairing with amateur participants. The finals will be played on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Followed by cocktails and dinner at 6 p.m. with music, a silent and live auction, this exceptional event brings together tennis greats, celebrities and donors, supporting HJTEP’s community services.

Premium auction items include autographed player memorabilia, US Open President’s box  tickets, fine dining at local restaurants, Grand Slam packages, resort and spa packages and much more.

For 40 years, HJTEP has helped pave the road to success for children in Harlem through tennis and education programs.

"Our fundraiser is significant because it brings everyone together who believes in and supports our program. Current participants and alumni, donors and tennis greats all inspire each other," said HJTEP Executive Director Katrina Adams. "When all of these people come together for a worthy cause, great things can happen. We are very excited about our 40th Anniversary celebration as we look forward to the support of the Harlem community and the Tri-State area to ensure our future."

If you are unable to attend this gala event and would like to make a donation to HJTEP, every dollar helps a youngster, investing in our leaders of tomorrow. For more information about the gala, to make a donation or get involved with HJTEP, please call 212-491-3738, email info@hjtep.org or visit www.hjtep.org.

About Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. The mission is to bring the values to be learned through tennis to youth from high risk, low-income, inner-city neighborhoods and to offer opportunities for self-development, while highlighting education and a positive code of behavior.