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The Recreation Wish List Committee and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation Present the 15th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Press Conference and Soft Ground Breaking to Announce $18 Million Renovation Project

2013 15th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis ExperienceFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2013
RWLC Contact: Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications, (202) 783-5500
DPR Comtact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275, [email protected]

(Washington D.C.) - DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Washington Kastles' owner, Mark Ein, will joinlocal politicians, business leaders, media personalities, area youth and their families for the 15th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) (701 Mississippi Avenue, SE) on Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC), in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Events DC and Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles, are key event supporters of this year's Heart to Hart Tennis Experience.

The 15th Annual Heart to Hart is especially significant due to the press conference and ceremonial ground breaking that will take place at 11:00 a.m. with Mayor Gray, Cora Masters Barry, representatives from the Department of General Services (DGS), DPR, the Washington Kastles, the US Tennis Association-Washington DC (USTA) and the SETLC. The partners will be announcing the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center's $18 million renovation project. The renovations will include a new tennis bubble with six indoor courts, six outdoor courts, a clay practice court, a refurbished adult PAR course, new pavilion, conditioning room and multi-purpose room; there will be ten 78' courts, two 60' hard courts, two 36' hard courts, shade structures, spectator seating, a tot lot and more. Renovations are slated for completion in late fall of 2014.
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"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 almost 16 years ago," said Cora Masters Barry, Founder and CEO of RWLC. "Through 'Heart to Hart,' and the support we receive from local politicians, business leaders, community members, Events DC, and Mark Ein, we can continue to provide our programming for the children. It will be a fantastic day of fun and fundraising.

"We are also so thrilled to unveil our plans to give our beloved center a 'face lift,' so DC youth will have a place to learn and grow for decades to come," continued Mrs. Barry.  "The renovated SETLC will continue the mission of the RWLC to provide excellent education and tennis training to the District's youth."

The 15th Annual Heart to Hart is also honored to have champion player, Richey Reneberg, return this year.  Reneberg, who was ranked No. 1 in world doubles, has played in the Davis Cup several times and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Reneberg will play in a celebrity "mixed doubles" match - Richey Reneberg & Rashid Slade vs. Mark Ein & Taylor "Woody" McKnight.

"Each year, the Heart to Hart Tennis Experience provides entertainment and showcases the great work done by the RWLC. This year, the experience is highlighted by a ground breaking for what will be an amazing tennis facility in the heart of Ward 8," said John Stokes, DPR Chief of Staff. "Today's event is just one of many shining examples of the collaborative efforts of the RWLC, DPR, the USTA and the Washington Kastles.  Amazing things happen when great organizations come together for one common goal - to educate our youth and provide excellent programs, opportunities and facilities to District residents. Today is a great day for the SETLC and we look forward to celebrating next year's Heart to Hart in the brand new, renovated facility next year."

As is the tradition, junior and adult tennis players will team up in doubles tennis and compete in the daylong tournament. After a fun-filled day of tennis matches, the press conference, clinics and physical fitness, an awards ceremony will be held.

"The Department of General Services is excited to be partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center to fully modernize the existing tennis facility," said Brian J. Hanlon, DGS Director. "The new indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a new fitness center, and other renovations will enhance the already outstanding tennis and educational programs offered at the center."

To participate in this year's "Heart to Hart Tennis Experience," click HERE to register.

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 more than 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 15th 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].

About the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)

The mission of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is to enhance the quality of life and wellness of DC residents and visitors by providing equal access to affordable and quality recreational services, by organizing programs, activities and events, and by building and maintaining safe and beautiful open spaces and recreational amenities. DPR currently operates 78 playgrounds, 68 recreation centers, 900 acres of park land, 40 aquatic features (pools and spray parks), 375 parks, more than 200 play courts (basketball and tennis), and more than 100 athletic fields.


The Department of General Services

The mission of the Department of General Services (DGS) is to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.



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