School is almost over which means that summer will officially be here! For New York City Youth, playing in parks just became a lot more fun. On July 1st, City Parks Foundation will be starting their 2014 Summer Sports Program. The program offers free lessons and instruction for three sports: tennis, golf, and track and field. Along with free instruction, equipment will be provided. Over 13,000 children will take part in this summer program in over 60 locations in New York City.
Children ages six to 16 will be provided with free tennis lessons and equipment this summer. The presenting sponsor of CityParks is Chase along with Lacoste as the official apparel sponsor. In 36 parks throughout the five boroughs, children will begin to learn the fundamentals of tennis in a comfortable environment. The program ends on August 8th with two tournaments, one for beginners in Central Park and the other for intermediates at Flushing Meadow Tennis Center.
Golf, too, will be free this summer for children ages six to 16 years old. It will be sponsored by the Rene Lacoste Foundation. The first session will be from July 1 through July 25 and the second session will take place July 28 though August 22. Through this program, children will be given the opportunity to learn the essentials of how to play golf. Youth taking part in this program will also learn sportsmanship and discipline. Children who want to continue to learn and develop golf skills can try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy.
The race is on! Children ages 5 to 16 years old will get to experience the rush of running, jumping over hurdles, stretching to make that long jump, and practice shot put and javelin throw. This track and field program is sponsored by EmblemHealth. On August 13, at the end of the summer, there will be a track meet to show off all that they have learned on Randall’s Island. To find out more on the City Park’s 2014 kid’s program, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
City Parks Foundation reaches more than 600,000 people through their free arts and sports programs. Originally started in 1989, City Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization in the five boroughs of New York City.