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13th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience

Friday, October 14, 2011
Mayor Vincent Gray and former Mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams will join area families for a day of fun and fundraising at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

Mayor Vincent Gray and former Mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams will join area families for a day of fun and fundraising at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center on Saturday, October 29th.

RWLC Contact: (202) 678-7530
DPR Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 9:00AM to 3:30PM, at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, (SETLC), 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE, local politicians and business leaders including, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, former Mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander and Washington Kastles Owner Mark Ein, will join local media personalities including, NBC 4 reporter’s Tom Sherwood and John Schriffen, WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy, and area youth and their families, for the “Lucky” 13th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience. The fundraising event created by The Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) promises to be a spectacular day of fun, fundraising and learning for a cause. A silent auction will be one of the featured highlights.

“This is a special occasion for all of us, as it is a reminder of how we started our efforts to raise needed funds for the children of the District of Columbia over 10 years ago,” said Cora Masters Barry, Founder and CEO of RWLC. “Through ‘Heart to Hart,’ we are able to ‘pay it forward’ through the funding and support we receive from local politicians and the community who believe in, and support, our good works. It will be a fantastic day of friendly competition and a fun way to raise monies which will support our children of the District of Columbia.”

DPR Director Jesús Aguirre states, “DPR is pleased to partner with the RWLC on another fantastic event. The combination of education and tennis which takes place at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, continues to produce spectacular results for our area youth.”

Once again, junior and adult tennis players will team up in doubles tennis and compete in the day-long tournament. After a morning full of tennis matches, clinics and physical fitness, an awards ceremony will be held.

“I am the defending champion at ‘Heart to Hart’, and am challenging all in the District, who consider themselves tennis pros, to come out and support our District youth, while trying to topple my reign,” says Council Chair Kwame Brown.

This year, the SETLC will honor A. Scott Bolden, Esquire, Managing Partner, Reed Smith, the highly acclaimed DC lawyer who has supported the SETLC since it’s inception in 2001.

To schedule media interviews with Cora Masters Barry, CEO/Founder of the Recreation Wish List Committee; Jeri Ingram, SETLC Site Manager; SETLC parents and SETLC kids playing in the tournament, please contact John Stokes, DPR Chief of Staff, at (202) 288-7275 or [email protected].

ABOUT THE SOUTHEAST TENNIS AND LEARNING CENTER (SETLC)

SETLC is a world-class, state-of-the art, $5.1 Million tennis facility located in Ward 8. The Center serves over 85 District youth daily by providing tennis instruction, tutoring, life skills, developmental chess, and educational and personal reinforcement to the District’s youth.

Tax deductible sponsorships for the 13th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience are available for individuals, clubs and corporations. For more information, contact the Recreation Wish List Committee by telephone at (202) 678-7530 or via email at [email protected].