CITY PARKS FOUNDATION KICKS-OFF FREE SUMMER SPORTS PROGRAMS IN BRONX PARKS

On July 1st, in parks throughout New York City, City Parks Foundation kicks off its 2013 Summer Sports Program for young people. Throughout the summer, City Parks Foundation provides over 13,000 New York City children free tennis, golf, and track and field instruction including free use of equipment in over 60 locations citywide.This summer, City Parks Foundation’s Sports programs will be taking place in Williamsbridge Oval, Woodlawn Park, Haffen Park, St. James Park, Van Cortlandt Park, St. Mary’s Park, Mill Pond Park, and Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

Chase is the presenting sponsor of CityParks Tennis and LACOSTE the Official Apparel Sponsor. CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to children, ages six to 16, in more than 35 parks throughout the five boroughs.  The program promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  CityParks Tennis runs through August 9th and concludes with an exciting tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center and the JP Morgan Chase Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August.

CityParks Golf presented by René Lacoste Foundation makes it fun and easy for boys and girls, ages six to 16, to learn to play golf.  The free golf lessons, and use of equipment, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids of all skill levels throughout New York City.  The emphasis of the program is not only on learning the basics of the sport, but also on developing self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship.  The program gives kids a chance to improve their skills and ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy–specialized programs for dedicated young golfers available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers programming for new or first-time youth golfers from New York City.  CityParks Golf will be held in two sessions, running from July 1st through July 26th and from July 29th through August 23rd.

CityParks Track & Field gives New York City kids, ages five to 16, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw.  All participating youngsters have the opportunity to display the basic skills learned at the end of the season at an organized track meet held at Icahn Stadium, the world class sports complex on Randall’s Island on August 9th.

For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2013 kids programs, please visitwww.CityParksFoundation.org.

Chase is the presenting sponsor of CityParks Tennis and LACOSTE the Official Apparel Sponsor. CityParks Golf is presented by René Lacoste Foundation. North Shore-LIJ Health System is a signature sponsor of City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs.  Additional support is provided by: J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation; Chase; Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; New York Community Trust – George and Valerie Delacorte Fund; René Lacoste Foundation; USA Track & Field Foundation; USTA Serves; New York City Council under the leadership of Christine C. Quinn; NYC Council Member Deborah Rose; NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras; NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile; NYC Council Member Ruben Wills.

Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level.  CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

2013 City Parks Foundation’s Sports Schedule in the Bronx

 

CityParks Tennis presented by Chase

Williamsbridge Oval

208th St. & Bainbridge Ave.

Mon & Wed, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

 

Woodlawn Park

233rd St. & Jerome Ave.

Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

 

Haffen Park

Hammersley Ave. & Gunther Ave.

Mon & Wed, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

 

St. James Park

Morris Ave. and E. 193rd St.

Tues & Thurs, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

 

Van Cortlandt Park

246th St. & Broadway

Mon & Wed, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Intermediates only)

Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

 

St. Mary’s Park

145th St. &St. Ann’s Ave.

Mon & Wed, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

 

Pelham Bay Park

Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.

Tues & Thurs, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

 

Mill Pond Park

Gateway Center Blvd. & East 150th St.

Mon & Wed, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

CityParks Golf presented by René Lacoste Foundation

Pelham Bay Park, Field 4

Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.

Tues & Thurs, 9:30 am-10:30 am (6-8 years), 10:30 am-12:00 pm (9-16 years)

 

Haffen Park

Hammersley Ave. & Gunther Ave.

Mon & Wed, 9:30 am-10:30 am (6-8 years), 10:30 am-12:00 pm (9-16 years)

 

CityParks Track & Field

Pelham Bay Park

Middletown & Stadium Aves.

Mon & Wed, 9:30 am-10:30 am (5-7 years), 10:30 am-12:00 pm (8-16 years)

 

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