Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
The Boys and Girls Club of Austin will be the recipient of a “DreamCourt” provided by Sport Court®, the result of a group of organizations working together to help young boys and girls create positive change for the future. Ribbon cutting of the new facility at the Boys and Girls Club of Austin, 303 West Johanna, Austin, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.
“We share the goals and ideals of this program and are delighted to provide our PowerGame™ surface, the safest playing surface in the world,” said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International.
The DreamCourt is specially designed by Sport Court to include two playing surfaces that can be used for both basketball and tennis.
The event is sponsored by Sport Court’s advocacy partners, the Nancy Lieberman Foundation, the Manifest Foundation and the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Nancy Lieberman is the first woman coach of an NBA Development League team, the Texas Legends, the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks affiliate. In addition to her coaching, she is a commentator for ESPN and a motivational speaker. She also runs a series of basketball camps and clinics. Lieberman is a two-time Olympian, a former WNBA coach and player, and Author of her new book "Playbook for Success."
“Our vision for the Lieberman Foundation is to be the catalyst for the development of young girls and boys throughout the country by using basketball as a motivational tool,” Lieberman said.
“Our mission is to provide a healthy physical, emotional and mental environment for young girls and boys to build their self-esteem and confidence so they will be able to make the right choices in the future,” Lieberman said.
Spryte Loriano, Executive Director for the Manifest Foundation, said the DreamCourts are being planned through a partnership with Nancy Lieberman and the NBA for every city where there is an NBA National or D-League Team.
“Named after WorldVentures’ vision of helping others manifest a better life for themselves, the Manifest Foundation is dedicated to creating lasting, positive change in the world by impacting the lives of children,” said Loriano. “The Manifest Foundation believes that when youth advocate organizations with shared goals collaborate, their desired changes become reality with greater impact and efficiency, creating a ripple effect of positive change that reaches across borders and touches generations. We are proud to be part of the DreamCourt partnership.”
The USTA provided a $10,000 Facility Assistance Grant to Austin to help make this project happen.
“Our partnership with Sport Court helps provide an opportunity for the Boys and Girls Club of Austin to offer tennis to children at an earlier age,” said Virgil Christian, Director, Community Tennis Development, USTA. “Our 10 and Under Tennis initiative introduce modified equipment and courts that are tailored to a child’s size. This approach helps teach them to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process.”
The first “Dream Court” was dedicated last August in Dallas and was the first of a series of courts planned for about 30 U.S. cities as a joint project of the Nancy Lieberman Foundation, the Manifest Foundation and Sport Court.
The Utah-based manufacturer has subjected its tennis surfaces to rigid third-party tests to come up with the optimum surface for safety and playability
“It is immensely gratifying to see major organizations like the USTA join with Nancy Lieberman, and the Manifest Foundation to create such a positive program for youth,” said Sport Court’s Cerny.
The court is being put in place by Court Builders of Austin, a Sport Court-authorized dealer.
About Sport Court
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court International surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974, it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and fully ISO 9001:2008 certified.
For more Sport Court information contact:
Jeff Morton, Marketing Manager, Sport Court
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About the USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.
For more USTA information contact:
Tom LaDue, Manager, Corporate Communications, USTA
(914) 697-2352; ladue(at)usta(dot)com