Junior Tennis Center at College Park and Mark Ein Announce Partnership as Newest World TeamTennis' Franchise comes to Nation's Capital

    COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, May
 31, 2008, the Junior Tennis Champions Center will announce their
 partnership with the Washington Kastles, the newest World TeamTennis
 franchise. The Washington Kastles will play their inaugural season in
 downtown Washington this summer thanks to DC native and philanthropist Mark
 Ein, who is bringing world-class tennis to the heart of the Nation's
     Martin Blackman, the Director of the Champions Program, is excited
 about the new partnership, "Mark's commitment to helping children, through
 supporting sports and education programs, is well-known. A partnership with
 the Kastles is a valuable opportunity for our program that will energize
 our students and families. We can't wait for the season to begin and to
 enjoy world-class tennis in a festive atmosphere, in the heart of DC."
     Over the past nine years the Champions Center has been successful in
 developing talented junior tennis players from DC-area communities. Their
 coaching philosophy is very simple: work hard, have fun and remember that
 character and education come first. By partnering with the Kastles, the
 Champions Program has an opportunity to expose their students to
 world-class tennis in a fun and unique atmosphere. World TeamTennis is
 known for its multi-colored courts, music played between points and
 player-fan interaction among other exciting innovations to professional
     "What Mark is doing for tennis in our region is phenomenal," states
 Martin Blackman, Director of the Junior Tennis Champions Center. "Bringing
 the Washington Kastles franchise into the heart of the city will give
 everyone a chance to see great tennis. When Mark chose the site, he put the
 City first, and he made possible for children and families and working
 people to see great tennis in a very accessible place. That's very
 admirable. The Kastles will be partnering with other great tennis and
 education programs throughout the DC Area, and we are proud to be one of
 those chosen."
     The Kastles and the Champions Center will officially announce their
 partnership at a press conference at 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2008 at the
 Tennis Center at College Park, located at 5200 Paint Branch Parkway,
 College Park, MD 20740. World famous coach and promoter Wayne Bryan, who is
 coach of the defending WTT champion Sacramento Capitals, and father of the
 world #1 ranked doubles team and Kansas City Explorers Bob and Mike Bryan,
 will be on hand to answer questions about World Team Tennis and the state
 of American tennis.
     Tickets are available for all Kastles' home matches. The team will be
 led by nine-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, first-round draft
 pick Justin Gimelstob and pro tour veteran Mashona Washington. Tickets can
 be purchased at Ticketmaster or by visiting WashingtonKastles.com or by
 calling (202) 4-TENNIS.
     The Champions Center (a 501 c3) began in 1999 with a goal to be the
 best junior tennis training center in the world. Since then, the program
 has produced ten National Champions in all junior age groups and has sent
 over 40 players with the tools to become student-athletes at top
 universities. Four former Champions Center students are currently competing
 successfully on the professional tour. In addition to being the best on the
 court, the Champions Center strives to be the best in the community. By
 offering free clinics and Financial Aid for underserved families, the
 program allows students from all backgrounds to learn the game of tennis.
 The Champions Center uses tennis as a vehicle for success in all of life's
 endeavors. A portion of the proceeds from the Washington Kastles will help
 support Financial Aid at the Junior Tennis Champions Center. This year the
 Champions Program awarded more than $200,000 in Financial Aid to kids in
 the program.
     For more information, please contact DJ Butler or Martin Blackman at
 301.779.8000 or email at dbutler@thetccp.com or mblackman@thetccp.com. Also
 go to www.champions-center.org to learn more about the program.

SOURCE Junior Tennis Champions Center

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