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Free tennis clinic in Central Park

City Parks Foundation invites New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to participate in its annual free tennis clinic in Central Park to kick off the US Open Championships with LACOSTE ambassador Murphy Jensen and more LACOSTE-sponsored professional tennis players and ambassadors, to be announced.

Participants will have a chance to learn from the pros on the game’s most integral shots: forehand, backhand, serve and volley. As well as compete in fun contests for giveaways courtesy of LACOSTE.

CityParks Tennis presented by BNP Paribas, provides free tennis lessons to thousands of kids ages six to 16 each year in nearly 39 parks throughout the five boroughs. Opportunities include free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events. Fondation LACOSTE, currently celebrating its 10th year, is one of the main sponsors of CityParks Tennis. Additionally, LACOSTE is the Official Apparel Sponsor of the program.

DATE: Sunday, August 28, 2016

TIMES: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Media Check-In & Pro/VIP Arrivals and Media Interviews. 11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Private instructional time for media guests. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Pro Demonstration & Free Public Tennis Clinic

LOCATION: Central Park Tennis Center, Manhattan, 96th Street and Central Park West. On-site contact: Mike Silverman / Director of Sports, City Parks Foundation / (917) 806-0024

About City Parks Foundation:

City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives — located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across the city — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities. For more details, please visit CityParksFoundation.org.

About FONDATION LACOSTE:

This year makes the 10th anniversary of the FONDATION LACOSTE, a global non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth develop better lives through sports. Since its founding in 2006 by LACOSTE, the FONDATION LACOSTE has made tennis and golf programs accessible to young men and women with the ambition to pass on the values of the brand’s founder, RenĂ© Lacoste, endeavored to promote throughout his life: confidence, tenacity, rigor, and sportsmanship. Its work has now grown to serve 12,000 young people annually. The FONDATION LACOSTE develops its own programs and supports worldwide non-profit organizations working with sports programs designed specifically for at-risk youth. In its 10 years, more than 60,000 young players have benefitted from its programs. The FONDATION LACOSTE is approved and administered by the Fondation de France in Paris. More information about the inspiring work of the foundation is available at fondationlacoste.org.

About LACOSTE:

For Lacoste, Life is a Beautiful Sport! Since the very first polo was created in 1933, Lacoste relies on its authentic sportive roots to spring optimism and elegance on the world thanks to a unique and original lifestyle for women, men and children. With a vision to be the leading player in the premium casual wear market, the Crocodile brand is today present in 120 countries through a selective distribution network. Two Lacoste items are sold every second in the world. As an international group gathering 10,000 women and men, Lacoste offers a complete range of products: apparel, leather goods, fragrances, footwear, eyewear, home wear, watches and underwear, all of them being elaborated in the most qualitative, responsible and ethical way. In 2015, the brand garnered a turnover of 1.95 billion euros. For more information: lacoste.com

 

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