Tennis Legends Donate Time to Raise Money for Tennis and Education Program at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC)

JTCC Student Athletes to be Honored at the Event

May 11, 2006, 01:00 ET from Junior Tennis Champions Center

    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
     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.

SOURCE Junior Tennis Champions Center