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Mayotte, Silverman, Walther, Aschner to Be Inducted into Eastern Hall of Fame

February 13, 2014 02:39 PM
Mike Silverman and Billie Jean King connect with some lucky juniors at a special clinic held in Manhattan's Central Park.
Dick Walther (left) appears with one of his classes.

The Junior Tennis Foundation will honor four Eastern tennis leaders on April 25, 2014 during its 27th annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, NY.

The 2014 inductees into the Eastern Hall of Fame are: Tim Mayotte, a high performance coach for juniors, a former NCAA singles champion and ATP world number seven player in the 1980s; Mike Silverman, the Director of Sports for the City Parks Foundation and a certified Level 1 USPTR tennis teaching professional; Dick Walther, a longtime coach and community tennis pioneer in New Jersey still tirelessly promoting the game in his 90s; and Marilyn Aschner Katz, a legendary Eastern player from Queens, NY who held a top ranking both nationally and professionally in the 1960s.

Proceeds from the awards celebration and induction ceremony benefit the Junior Tennis Foundation, which provides scholarships for junior players throughout the section. Additionally, two juniors will receive David N. Dinkins Scholarship Awards to attend tennis summer camps.

“Over the past 27 years, the Junior Tennis Foundation has created numerous opportunities for future generations of Eastern tennis players,” said Bob Ingersole, the president of the Junior Tennis Foundation. “At our Hall of Fame celebration this year, we are thrilled to recognize four outstanding and passionate individuals who have shaped our section’s commitment to youth tennis.”

“The inductees have helped inspire junior Eastern players to appreciate and play tennis for a lifetime,” added Ingersole. ”We are extremely grateful for their efforts and are excited to honor them.”

Since its creation in 1979, the Junior Tennis Foundation has offered more than $2 million in grants to juniors in the Eastern section.

“The Junior Tennis Foundation has long supported USTA Eastern’s mission to help provide support for our youngest players,” said Gerry Cuva, the president of USTA Eastern. “The Hall of Fame celebration gives us an excellent occasion to appreciate the organization’s work.”

The ceremony will be held from 7:00pm – 10:00 pm. The Beach Point Club is located at 900 Rushmore Ave, Mamaroneck, NY. Registration is open for the celebration at www.easternhalloffame.comFor more information about the celebration, contact the JTF office at 914-697-2386.