Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program Celebrates fiftieth Anniversary

The stars had been shining on the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program’s fiftieth anniversary gala in New York City.

The match raised just about $1 million celebrating the good fortune of the just about 1,000 children who get pleasure from the HJTEP once a year.

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The fiftieth anniversary gala introduced the Harlem Hero Award to Jeanine D. Liburd, Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer for BET; the Shining Star Award to Monica Seles, a nine-time Grand Slam champion and a 2009 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame; and the Robert Holland Jr. Award to Tony Signore, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner for Taylor Global.

“The success of the HJTEP surviving and thriving for 50-years can be directly traced to people like Jeanine, Monica and Tony who have supported our mission and helped us grow,” stated Katrina Adams, HJTEP Executive Director. “Due to the pandemic, we have been unable to hold our annual Spring Gala since 2019, so it is especially exciting to see all of our friends and supporters together again and introduce them to many of the youngsters that are benefitting from our programs.”

Emceed by means of NBC’s Morgan Radford, the star-studded gala on the Ziegfield Ballroom in New York City noticed a number of superstar tennis fanatics, together with Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe, an early HJTEP supporter and plenty of extra. The Honorary Chair is seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams.

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Monica Seles receives Shining Star Award from David Dinkins, Jr. Photo credit score: Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program

The Harlem Hero Award honors somebody who has fought for the expansion and good fortune of the Harlem group and acknowledges the worth of the HJTEP. In her function at BET, the main supplier of high quality content material for the African American target audience and shoppers of Black tradition globally, Ms. Liburd has spearheaded a portfolio of multiplatform social exchange projects that definitely cope with the vital problems dealing with the Black group these days. Such projects come with: #ReclaimYourVote, a social exchange marketing campaign in partnership with National Urban League dedicated to harnessing Black collective energy and lengthening Black participation; the Harlem Entrepreneurial Microgrant Initiative, a program created to supply make stronger to small Harlem companies in partnership with the a hundred and twenty fifth Street Business Improvement District and the Apollo Theater; and BET’s SOS Saving Ourselves COVID-19 reduction efforts, that raised just about $20M for communities in want.

Before her occupation in media and leisure, she labored on city and circle of relatives coverage on the native and nationwide ranges, protecting positions on the Department of General Services beneath the David Dinkins management, and with the Department of Health and Human Services and The White House beneath the Clinton management. She is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an M.S. in Urban Policy from The New School University for Social Research.

The Shining Star Award acknowledges a person who has shone their mild on HJTEP, believes in its project and hasn’t ever hesitated to make stronger the group. Ms. Seles is regarded as one of the crucial largest feminine tennis gamers of all time, incomes 9 Grand Slam titles, 53 singles crowns and 6 doubles championships. Her first French Open identify was once gained on the age of 16 and in March 1991, she changed into the youngest No. 1 participant on the planet. She remained the arena’s No. 1 participant for 178 weeks till she was once injured in April 1993. Following a two-year wreck, she reached the U.S. Open ultimate only a month after her go back. Remarkably, she then gained her 9th Grand Slam identify on the Australian Open in January 1996. She was once inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009 and the USA Open Court of Champions 4 years later.

The Robert ‘Bob’ Holland Jr. Award is gifted to a person who exemplifies management, dignity, and integrity, and steps as much as assist the formative years of Harlem. Tony Signore, who was once named CEO and Managing Partner of Taylor Global in 2004, remodeled a tactical PR company into a number one advertising and communications company representing the arena’s maximum tough manufacturers. The have an effect on of Signore’s daring imaginative and prescient and distinctive trade type was once studied over a 10-year length by means of Harvard Business School and changed into the topic of the Harvard Case Study: “Transformation at Taylor.”

Top Photo: Honorees Tony Signore, Janine Liburd, Monica Seles with Katrina Adams. 
Photo credit score: Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program

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