The Johnny Mac Tennis Project and SPORTIME/ John McEnroe Tennis Academy Present their Annual Scholarship Tryout and Athletic Scouting Combine at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, Saturday June 11th
Tryout for Aspiring Tennis Players, Ages 7-16; Athletic Scouting Combine for Talented Young Athletes With Little or No Tennis Experience, Ages 6-10. The tryout is for JMTP to recruit under-resourced kids for scholarships. There is one tryout from 9am-11am for kids with tennis experience and then for 11am-12pm the same day which is more athletic/off court focused for younger kids who may not ever have picked up a racquet.
JMTP and SPORTIME/ JMTA will Award Full and Partial Scholarships to Selected Tryout and Combine Participants for the 2022-2023 Season at SPORTIME Randall’s Island.
New York, May 9, 2022– For the tenth year, young hopefuls from across the tri-state area will be out in force at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA) flagship location, on Saturday, June 11th, as SPORTIME and JMTA coaches seek to discover untapped tennis and athletic talent.
The goal of both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine is to award full or partial scholarships to SPORTIME and JMTA programs at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, starting in fall 2022. The event is a joint initiative of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) and SPORTIME/JMTA. A 501(c)(3) charity, JMTP changes young lives through its commitment and effort to remove the racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis. Offering free tennis programs and means-tested scholarships to under-resourced young athletes from the NY Metropolitan area, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry and, for a few, professional tennis careers.
Open only to players with tennis experience, ages 7-16, who do not currently participate in SPORTIME/JMTA programs, the Tryout will take place on Saturday, June 11th, from 9:00am-11:00am, with check-in at 8:00am. Participants will be evaluated by a Selection Committee, consisting of SPORTIME/JMTA directors, coaches and leaders, including JMTA Co-Directors Lawrence Kleger and Patrick McEnroe, and, of course, John McEnroe. The Tryout will include tennis and athletic drills, point/match play and athletic/fitness testing.
“We look forward to our scholarship tryout day each year, as it is an opportunity to meet new talented athletes,” said JMTA Co-Founder John McEnroe. “Our mission is to provide access to the great sport of tennis to those who may not otherwise have that opportunity. I look forward to another great tryout and I urge anyone interested in learning more to be sure to attend on June 11th.”
The Athletic Scouting Combine will be held from 11:00am to 12:00pm, with check-in at 10:30am, on Saturday, June 11th, and is open to kids, ages 6-10, with little or no tennis experience, who currently excel in other sports and/or who demonstrate an above-average athletic skill set. The Combine is publicized throughout SPORTIME Randall’s Island’s neighboring communities, including East Harlem, the South Bronx and Queens, although participants from other neighborhoods are welcome. Participants will engage in a variety of physical tests and games, designed by SPORTIME/JMTA coaches, to assess objective, measurable capacities such as speed, strength, agility and hand-eye coordination. Other attributes such as attitude, concentration, energy and competitive spirit will be considered in the awarding of scholarships.
Scholarship winners for both the Tryout and the Athletic Scouting Combine will be notified at a later date. Means testing is a requirement for JMTP scholarships, so winners will be required to submit requisite financial information prior to approval.
SPORTIME Randall’s Island and JMTP are located at One Randall’s Island, in Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan. For more information, parents of interested players/athletes can email [email protected] or visit www.SportimeNY.com/JMTA.
Proper athletic attire, including footwear, is required. Participants will have access to locker room facilities. Water will be available on court. SPORTIME Randall’s Island features the “Courtside Cafe” with a variety of food, snack and beverage options, and a full-service pro shop, including professional stringing services. Registrants can visit https://www.sportimeny.com/jmtascholarship for online registration or to print and submit via postal mail, online form or fax.
JMTA Scholarship Tryout & Athletic Combine
What: Opportunity for young area tennis players to earn scholarships to Sportime and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy
When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Tennis Tryout, 9:00-11:00am; check-in: 8:00am Athletic Combine, 11:00am-12:00pm; check-in: 10:30am
Where: SPORTIME, One Randall’s Island, New York, 10035
Who: Players ages 7-16 with tennis experience (Tennis Tryout)
Children ages 6-10 with little to no tennis experience (Athletic Combine)
About Sportime Clubs
Since 1994, Sportime has been proud to operate the finest tennis and sports facilities in New York State. Sportime locations currently offer over 169 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as rinks, turf, camps, gyms and more, at 14 sites across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region. Sportime clubs are state-of-theart, yet affordable, and feature the best tennis, sports and fitness facilities and programs, including the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) and Sportime Volleyball Club (VBC). Sportime clubs serve individuals of every age and athletic ability, 365 days a year. Learn more: www.sportimeny.com.
About the Johnny Mac Tennis Project
The Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP) changes young lives through its efforts to remove the racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by tennis legend John McEnroe, JMTP introduces the sport of tennis as a life-long health, fitness and social activity to thousands of under-resourced New York City area children. For a smaller group of dedicated young athletes, JMTP provides a pathway to success through competitive tennis, leading to college scholarships, careers in the industry, and, for a few, professional tennis careers and, perhaps, Grand Slam titles. Learn more: www.jmtpny.org.
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 to SPORTIME Lake Isle, an 8-court, state-of-the art, year-round facility in lower Westchester, and to 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. In 2015, JMTA Summer Tennis Training was added in the Hamptons, at SPORTIME Amagansett, SPORTIME’s 34-court, seasonal, outdoor tennis facility in the Town of East Hampton. With the satellite locations, the JMTA brand currently covers 4 sites with a total of 73 tennis courts, serving approximately 1,500 players annually.
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 and beyond. Inspired by the vision and daily presence of Johnny Mac, under the guidance of JMTA Managing Director, Bennett Schlansky, executed daily by Co-Directors Patrick McEnroe and Lawrence Kleger, and featuring an international staff of tennis, athletic training and performance directors and coaches, JMTA delivers a complete on and off-court training program, including mental toughness, sports vision training, video analytics and more, designed to assure the best possible outcome for serious junior players. JMTA’s youngest students, who train with red and orange balls on 36’ and 60’ courts, participate in cutting-edge Mac Red and Mac Orange programs designed by world-renowned U-10 visionary, and SPORTIME’s Global Executive Director of Tennis, Mike Barrell, and executed by SPORTIME/JMTA’s expert U-10 directors and coaches. Learn more: www.SportimeNY.com/JMTA
Banner Image: JMTP Player on the court. Image Credit – JMTP