Young hopefuls from Long Island and beyond will be out in full force at SPORTIME Kings Park on Sunday, June 23, when former touring professionals Robert Kendrick and Bea Bielik lead a group of SPORTIME coaches in tryouts for full-year and half-year scholarships to attend the Sportime Kings Park junior tennis program. Coaches will also be scouting for players to attend tryouts for John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA) in Bethpage, to be held in July with scholarships also to be awarded. The day begins with registration at 1 p.m., with a series of sessions concluding at 4 p.m.
Kendrick, a three-time NCAA All-American and currently the co-director of JMTA at Bethpage, and Bielik, an NCAA champion and today the general manager of SPORTIME Kings Park, will conduct a tennis exhibition, followed by “Play the Pro,” in which the students will try their skills out against these two stars.
Kendrick, Bielik and several other coaches, including JMTA Director Lawrence Kleger, JMTA Co-Director Mike Kossoff, Regional Manager Jay Harris and SPORTIME Kings Park Director of Tennis Jeff Morys comprise the Assessment Committee which will evaluate talent, as players go through a series of drills and matches between 2:30 – 4 pm. Scholarship winners will be notified by July 4.
SPORTIME Kings Park is located at 275 Old Indian Head Rd., Kings Park, N.Y. For more information, parents of interested children can email [email protected] Updates will also be posted on the SPORTIME Kings Park homepage at www.SportimeNY.com/Kings-Park. Proper tennis attire must be worn. There is no fee to try out, and pre-registration is preferred. Entrants can visit http://www.SportimeNY.com/Tryouts for online registration or to print and submit via email or fax.
“We are always looking out for the next great players, and there is a tremendous amount of talent here on Long Island and across the tri-state area,” said Kleger, a native New Yorker who is recognized as one of the top developmental coaches in the U.S. “We look forward to a great day of try-outs and to finding some amazing kids and future champions.”