USTA Eastern Hall of Fame to Welcome Four New Members at 25th Annual Dinner on April 27, 2012

Tournament Director, Tennis Writer and Former Professional Players to Be Inducted; Proceeds from Dinner to Benefit Junior Tennis Foundation, Which Provides Grants and Scholarships to Junior Players and Special Populations in NY, NJ and CT
 
 
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March 9, 2012 - PRLog -- White Plains, NY – An award-winning tennis writer, a master teaching pro and two former professional tennis players will become part of USTA Eastern history on April 27, 2012, as the Junior Tennis Foundation hosts its 25th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

The four people who will be inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame are: Nancy Gill McShea, an award-winning tennis writer and co-author of the book “Tennis in New York”; Ron Rebhuhn, a longtime adult tournament director and Master Professional of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA); Molly Van Nostrand Rice, a 1985 Wimbledon quarterfinalist; and Peter Rennert, a former Australian Open quarterfinalist and the founder of The Spirit of Adventure, a company dedicated to wellness and longevity.  Proceeds from the annual dinner benefit the Junior Tennis Foundation, which provides scholarships for junior players and special populations throughout the Eastern section.

“For 25 years, the Junior Tennis Foundation has been helping create opportunities for the next generation of Eastern tennis players,” said Bob Ingersole, President of the Junior Tennis Foundation. “And this year, we are excited to recognize four outstanding individuals who have each been an important part of the section’s history.”

Since its creation in 1979, the Junior Tennis Foundation has given out more than $2 million in grants to junior and special populations in the Eastern section.

“The Junior Tennis Foundation has been an important supporter of USTA’s Eastern junior players and programs,” said Jeff Williams, President of USTA Eastern. “And the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner is a milestone event that will allow us to thank the organization for all it has given to the sport.”

The dinner begins at 6:30 PM with a cocktail hour. The Grand Hyatt New York is located at 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY. For more information and to register, contact Ellen Del Colle, Executive Director of the JTF, at (914) 325-2465 or jtf@eastern.usta.com.

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USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, New York, is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut. It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 50,000 members. The section also establishes and maintains rules of fair play, high standards of sportsmanship and represents, in its jurisdiction, the programs and policies of the USTA. More information about the USTA Eastern section is available by visiting: www.eastern.usta.com.
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