|David Dinkins Tennis Club in Harlem|
PTR Foundation assists the David Dinkins Tennis Club in Harlem (formerly known as The Jungle at Fred Johnson Public Park).
Pictured here at the recent Naming of the Courts Ceremony are:. left to right City Councilman, Robert Jackson, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, Arvelia Myers (original park honoree), State Senator, Denny Farrell, PTR Pro Sam Penceal and wife Bernadette.
The club received a $1,000 grant from the USTA Eastern to start a 10 & Under Family Tennis Program that meets for two hours each Saturday morning.
PTR Foundation provided a grant for over $1,250 for 50 youth tennis racquets, 100 transition tennis balls and Junior Development Training for instructors and staff at the facility. Parents receive instruction along with their children in our 10 & Under Family Tennis Program so PTR also sent along 2 dozen adult racquets so that no parent has an excuse not to join their child on the court!!The Jungle (official name - The Fred Johnson Park) is the world renown park in Harlem where Althea Gibson (one of the honorees) was discovered by Sidney Llwellyn who was one of the six honorees for whom the courts were named. The others were Bill Holloway, a community tennis activist, Bill Brown and Claude Cargill, founders of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program which PTR Pro Sam Penceal was active with. The Jungle attracts people from the five boroughs of the city as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. Top players from around the country, including Arthur Ashe, James Blake and other pros have played there over the years.
The DDTC was founded to increase the tennis playing experience of those who use the park and to make a contribution to our community. To that end, they conduct an annual school supply drive at which we collect supplies for the children at the local battered women's shelter on the Saturday preceding Labor Day. They open each season with a day of free clinics and fun tennis activities at which participants win prizes on the first Saturday in May. The new name honors the mayor for his contributions to tennis in the Metropolitan Area.