Harlem Junior Tennis Celebrates 40 Years of Service

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and its “40-Love” year-long celebration kicks off with a Celebrity Pro Am on May 7 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. The event will bring together tennis greats, celebrities, and donors, all in support of HJTEP’s community services.

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. The tennis will be followed by cocktails and dinner with music and a silent and a live auction. 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 to 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.”

For more information about the gala, or how to get involved with HJTEP, call 212-491-3738, email info@hjtep.org or visit www.hjtep.org.