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 email@example.com.
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