COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), a non-profit focused on high performance junior tennis training will host a Celebrity Pro-Am Fundraiser on May 12-13, 2006. Over 20 tennis legends, world's former top 10 players and other celebrities together with business leaders in the Washington, DC region will join their forces in this event to raise money for tennis and education financial aid for the tennis players of all economic backgrounds at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC). The Celebrity Pro-Am Fundraiser, to be held at the JTCC headquarter in College Park, MD, will feature tennis legends such as Richey Reneberg (world's former #1 in doubles), Zina Garrison (world's former #4), Jimmy Arias (world's former #5), Eliot Teltcher (world's former #6), MaliVai Washington (world's former #11), David Wheaton (world's former #12), Tim Wilkison (world's former top 25), local tennis hero Paul Goldstein (world's current top 100), and many more. The celebrities will team up with the local leaders in the business community for a competitive doubles game of round robin. "It is a fun tennis event to benefit local talented junior tennis players and I am very excited to be a part of it. It is so great that all the net proceeds will go to the junior players' financial aid," said Paul Goldstein, a rising professional tennis player from Washington, DC ranked #58 in the world. Among catered reception, exclusive auction, and other entertainment, the Celebrity Pro-Am Fundraiser will also include an awards ceremony honoring its graduates and rising stars. "Our last player from the first generation of JTCC participants, Eleanor Peters, previously ranked #1 in the United States in girls 16's, has received a full scholarship at the University of Maryland for fall 2006. She is a role model for our new generation of players and a great example of the kind of champions we want to develop," said the JTCC Director of Player Development, Vesa Ponkka. The JTCC Alumni include four professional tennis players currently playing on the ATP and WTA Pro Tours, and 14 players on tennis scholarships in top Division I universities. The current JTCC roster includes three players ranked top 10 in the United States, five players ranked top 50 in the United States, and 21 players ranked top 10 in the Mid-Atlantic region (VA, DC, MD). "We are looking forward to developing the next champions from our new generation of players, and our current rising stars include Trice Capra, who is currently ranked #1 in the United States in girls 14's, and Jared Pinsky, who recently reached #1 ranking in the United States in boys 16's," said Frank Salazar, JTCC Director of Coaching. For more information, please contact Katerina Stecova at 301.779.3000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The JTCC was launched in 1999 with the mission to be the best training center in the world for talented young tennis players of all economic backgrounds. Through high quality coaching, education, mentoring, tutoring, and community service, the JTCC strives to develop and train tennis champions who uphold the highest competitive, academic, ethical, and personal values as they realize their full potential.
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