After being backhanded by Hurricane Sandy, the Bensonhurst tennis courts located near Shore Parkway and Bay Parkway finally re-opened on Friday, August 23.With much fanfare, the City Parks Foundation and the Lacoste Foundation were on hand for a spectacular ribbon cutting ceremony. Lacoste is the new official apparel sponsor of City Parks Tennis and will help provide high quality, free instruction and equipment for over 7,000 youths across the city. Lacoste also helped fund the restoration of tennis courts damaged by Sandy. The Bensonhurst tennis courts were the first to re-open in the city after the superstorm.We are honored to be working with a brand, such as Lacoste, which is as committed as we are to this next generation of tennis players, said Alison Tocci, president of the City Parks Foundation. Not only will we be able to expand the quality and reach of our program, but well be able to offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to our participants through Lacoste pro-clinics and scholarships.Sophie Lacoste, president of the Lacoste Foundation, said that the mission of her organization is to support and subsidize projects all over the world that enable children to have better access to sports.We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the City Parks Foundation, she said. They have done an incredible job generating awareness and goodwill within the community. In addition, through their free instructional programs City Parks Foundation is making the support of tennis available to thousands of kids throughout New York City.In addition, Lacoste hosted a tennis clinic open to the public on Sunday, August 25. Murphy Jensen, French Open doubles champion, and Denis Kudla, a pro-tennis player, were on hand.
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