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Grand Slam Tennis Tours Sends Ten to King Street Youth Center

August 20, 2008 11:20 AM

The King Street Youth Center, Grand Slam Tennis Tours and United States Tennis Association will present the center with a donation from the 2007 Fed Cup Semi-Finals held in Stowe between the USA and Russia last July. The $2,700.00 donation will be presented on August 22 to the King Street Youth Center for scholarships for Burlington youth to participate in the Center’s after school tennis programs. This donation will provide for eight scholarships for King Street Youth Center’s Kids on the Ball junior tennis program.

Andrew Chmura, President of Grand Slam Tennis Tours, said after visiting the Center and meeting the staff and kids that he knew it was a phenomenal program to support. “It’s important for GSTT to support the community and give kids an opportunity to succeed at every level. Tennis has provided a lot for all of us at Grand Slam Tennis Tours and this is a great way for us to give back to our sport and the community.”

The presentation will take place right before Grand Slam Tennis Tours sends 10 children from the King Street Youth Center on an opportunity of a lifetime as they head to New York City to participate in the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The check presentation will also act as an official send-off for the children’s overnight adventure as they receive their event tickets and t-shirts. On Saturday, August 23 the children will participate in all types of activities throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before watching the live star-studded tennis and music stadium show from the Grand Slam Tennis Tours’ luxury suite. Kicking off the 2008 US Open, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day honors tennis legend Arthur Ashe and continues his mission of using tennis as a means to instill in kids the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence by introducing kids of all ages to tennis.

Vicky Smith, Executive Director, said “this program is a perfect fit. The kind of values the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day focuses on is the kind of values that mesh so beautifully with the KSYC’s mission of to promote personal and social wellness through educational, recreational and social programs.”

Children were selected to attend either by their participation in the Center’s tennis program, having a positive attitude, being a role model and leader among their peers, or being a winner of an essay contest exploring Arthur Ashe’s life and legacy. “The kids are beyond excited. They’ve been looking up the event on the website and talking about it nonstop. This is the best way possible for any kid, particularly one who enjoys tennis, to end their summer and it’s a great privilege for me to be a part of this,” said Smith.

Grand Slam Tennis Tours also donated a trip to the US Open, which the King Street Youth Center raffled off as a fundraiser, generating $5,000 for their youth development programs, including a tutoring and mentoring program called Each One Reach One. Susan and Glen Turnquest of North Hero will enjoy three sessions of tennis in New York City. Their package also includes three nights hotel accommodations, event transportation, a farewell dinner with a past tennis champion, commemorative gift, daily tennis schedule and services of the Grand Slam Tennis Tours hosts.




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