Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe will join WTA/ATP Pros, Legends and others in a Pro Am benefit for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project at SPORTIME Amangansett on August 22. Actor John Leguizamo and McEnroe Academy pros will also play with select participants and local celebrities in the round robin doubles event, also open to spectators.
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For most, playing doubles with Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the Johnny Mac Tennis Project as beneficiary, it can become a reality when McEnroe hosts the Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit at Sportime Amagansett (320 Abrahams Path/150 Town Lane) on Saturday, August 22 from 4-7 p.m.
Participants will compete in a round robin doubles tournament (six rounds of approximately 15-20 minutes each) alongside rotating pro partners, including current WTA and ATP World Tour professionals and legends and John McEnroe Tennis Academy and SPORTIME pros. Other local luminaries, including actor and comedian John Leguizamo will also participate. Up to six lucky participants will have the chance to play a rotation with McEnroe as their partner by becoming “Friend of Mac” underwriters of the event.
“I look forward to meeting and competing with Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro-Am Benefit players,” said McEnroe. “The ability to compete with current and former Tour players and Academy pros will make it an extra special occasion for them, with the primary benefit of helping grow the game among youth in NYC, changing some young lives and making some future NY champions.”
To participate in the event as a player, a $1500 donation is required; spectators can attend for $50. Each participating player will receive a ticket for him/herself to play in the Pro-Am, plus one Event guest ticket. The afternoon also includes food and beverages provided by Moby's East Hampton, with celebrity hosts and musical entertainment also to be announced prior to the event.
Those interested may go to www.JMTPBenefit.com/ProAm to sign up or for more information or contact organizers directly via email at JMTPBenefitsportimeny.com or by calling 888-988-6921.
About the Johnny Mac Tennis Project
The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity whose purpose is to expose young athletes in the greater New York metropolitan area to the life-changing sport of tennis without regard to their economic circumstance. To this end, JMTP raises public and private funds in order to provide tennis academy scholarships and financial assistance to New York City Metropolitan area children. JMTP promotes the lifelong sport of tennis to and for players of all levels, from introductory programs that reach out to schools and neighborhoods in surrounding communities, to world-class tournament training for aspiring professionals. For NYC juniors striving to achieve at the highest levels of the game, JMTP funds the costs associated with travel to regional, national and international tournaments and provides on-site coaching.
About the John McEnroe Tennis Academy
In September 2010, tennis legend John McEnroe and SPORTIME partnered to launch the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, in John’s hometown of New York City, at the SPORTIME Randall's Island Tennis Center in Manhattan. SPORTIME Randall's Island is SPORTIME’s flagship location, and the flagship location of the Academy. In September 2012, JMTA expanded its geographic reach to SPORTIME locations in Westchester and on Long Island: SPORTIME Lake Isle, an 8-court, state-of-the art, year-round facility in Eastchester, New York in lower Westchester; and SPORTIME Syosset in central Long Island, an 11-court indoor facility, that has long served as SPORTIME's high performance training center on Long Island. John's passion and belief is that great players can be developed in urban settings, while still having the opportunity to live at home, pursue their educational goals, and participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. The Academy works to recruit the most talented and the most highly motivated young athletes in the New York Metropolitan area. Inspired by the vision and daily presence of Johnny Mac, under the guidance of JMTA Managing Director, Bennett Schlansky, JMTA Director, Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Performance Director, Andrew Small, JMTA, JMTA mental toughness expert, Dr. Dom Lausic, and with a world-class staff of tennis, athletic training and performance directors and coaches, JMTA delivers a complete training program designed to assure the best possible outcome for serious players; whether that is junior tournament tennis, college tennis or beyond. JMTA’s athletic training and performance is provided by SportsLab NYC, under the guidance of JMTA Performance Director Andrew Small. SportsLab NYC has an exemplary reputation for providing innovative, multi-faceted and high-caliber athletic development training models to international collegiate and professional sports organizations. Mental Toughness Training for JMTA is provided by Dr. Domagoj Lausic, Ph.D of The Hourglass Performance Institute. HPI provides mental performance services, including the use of state-of-the-art technology that teaches athletes to master their thoughts and emotions, so as to perform optimally under any and all circumstances.
SPORTIME is proud to operate the finest tennis facilities in New York State, with over 160 indoor and outdoor courts at 13 clubs across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. SPORTIME's "fitness for real life" philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and that feature the best tennis facilities and programs, along with great gyms, camps and sports and fitness offerings. SPORTIME is proud to be the home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at Randall’s Island since 2010, with JMTA Annexes at Syosset/Bethpage, Long Island, and Lake Isle, Eastchester, since 2012.