(New York, NY)--- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expects to celebrate the New York Junior Tennis League's 40th Anniversary at the Annual Civic Leadership Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, December 1 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, beginning at noon.
The luncheon will honor newly appointed USA Davis Cup captain Jim Courier and NYJTL founder Lewis "Skip" Hartman.
Mary Carillo, renowned sports broadcaster and president of USTA Serves and former New York City Mayor, David N. Dinkins will present the awards to the four-time Grand Slam champion Courier and visionary leader Hartman. Maurice DuBois, CBS-2 News Co-Anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies.
For the past 40 years, Lewis "Skip" Hartman has dedicated his energies to building the nation's largest and most extensive network of junior tennis and education programs in undeserved neighborhoods throughout New York City's five boroughs. Beginning in 1971 with an operating budget of $11,000 at five New York City sites for eight weeks in the summer serving 500 children, NYJTL has grown to an annual $10 million budget serving more than 100,000 youth year-round.
Jim Courier's impact in the sport of tennis has been defined not only for the numerous titles he has won, but also for the sportsmanship and contribution to tennis and youth organizations such as NYJTL. Among his other philanthropic efforts, Courier is co-founder of Courier's Kids, a non-profit organization that supports tennis programs in the inner city of St. Petersburg, FL. Courier, a former world No. 1 who won 23 singles titles and six doubles crowns, represented the United States in the Davis Cup and was a member of title-winning teams in 1992 and 1995, coached the US Davis Cup Team for five ties from 2001-03, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.
"NYJTL is proud of its 40-year legacy and the many achievements of its alumni," said Deborah MacFarlane Antoine, CEO. "Most importantly, however, we are strongly positioned for the future with widely acclaimed tennis and educational programs throughout New York City's five boroughs."
Tickets are $400 per person. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit www.nyjtl.org or contact Pam Glick at (347) 417-8146 or firstname.lastname@example.org