CITY PARKS FOUNDATION KICKS-OFF FREE SUMMER SPORTS PROGRAMS FOR BRONX YOUTH

On July 1st, in parks throughout New York City, City Parks Foundation kicks off its 2014 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 Pelham Bay Park, Haffen Park, Macombs Dam Park, Mill Pond Park, St. James Park, St. Mary’s Park, Van Cortlandt Park, Williamsbridge Oval and Woodlawn 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 36 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 8th 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 25th and from July 28ththrough August 22nd. Online registration is now available for CityParks Golf, please visit:www.cityparksfoundation.org/sports/register/ to register.

CityParks Track & Field presented by EmblemHealth 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 13th.

For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation’s 2014 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. CityParks Track & Field is presented by EmblemHealth. Additional support for CPF sports programming is provided by: Coca-Cola; J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation; J.M. Kaplan Foundation; New York Community Trust – George and Valerie Delacorte Fund; New York City Council; NYC Council Member Deborah Rose; NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras; NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile; NYC Council Member Vincent Ignizio; 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.

2014 City Parks Foundation’s Sports Schedule in the Bronx

 

CityParks Tennis presented by Chase

Pelham Bay Park

Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.

Tues & Thurs, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Haffen Park

Hammersley, Ely, and Gunther Aves.

Mon & Weds, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mill Pond Park

Gateway Center Boulevard (Exterior Street) and East 150th Street

Mon & Weds, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

St. James Park

Jerome Ave. and E. 193d St.

Tues & Thurs, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Mary’s Park

E. 145 St. and St. Ann’s Ave.

Mon & Weds, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Van Cortlandt Park

Stadium – W. 242nd St. and Broadway

Mon & Wed, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Intermediate)

Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Williamsbridge Oval

E. 208th St. and Bainbridge Ave.

Mon & Weds, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Woodlawn Park

Woodlawn, W. 233rd St. & Jerome Ave.

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

 

CityParks Track & Field

Pelham Bay Park

Bruckner Blvd. & Middleton Rd.

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

Macombs DamPark

East 161st Street & Jerome Avenue

Tues & Thurs, 9:30 am – 10:30 am (5-7 years) 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (8-16 years)

 

 

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