The home of the U.S. Open’s tennis program is in shambles. There are only 600 courts for New York
City's 8.3 million residents, and of the meager 600, many are either locked up, neglected, or without nets. New York City should have a massive tennis program for people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Unfortunately NYC’s tennis players are in trouble. Esther Forrester of ElfTennis, a tennis program which offers tennis lessons for kids and adults, camps, indoor tennis, and programs for children on the autism spectrum, wants to build awareness about the dire state of NYC’s public tennis courts and find a solution.
The cost of a yearly permit to play on one of New York City’s public tennis courts has doubled to $200 in the last year. As a direct result, there were half as many permit holders in 2012 as there were in 2010. Even the price of a single play permit has more than doubled since 2005. This is a result of the city’s financial situation, but a relatively small increase of revenue for the city is making it difficult, if not impossible, for thousands of New Yorkers to play tennis.
Even if you can afford the yearly or one-time permit to play tennis, the city’s public courts are in bad shape. The courts are dangerously dilapidated, or without any kind of net. ElfTennis is raising money and awareness to replace nets and refurbish courts, and lobbying to revamp the city’s tennis program. Esther Forrester has started a fundraising campaign on gofundme so the city’s tennis players and their supporters can donate to her cause, and the greater cause of the game of tennis in New York City! With this money, ElfTennis, Esther Forrester, and the city’s countless tennis professionals will bring camps for children, social tennis for adults, tennis lessons for adults, and tennis for students on the autism spectrum. Through gofundme, anyone can donate $5 to $500 dollars with rewards that range from a tennis lesson to four private tennis lessons and video analysis.
Your donation will go directly towards the price of new nets, surfaces, and protection for the city's public tennis courts. ElfTennis is committed to bringing tennis to everyone in New York City. Tennis is and should always be available to all New Yorkers, and children all over the country. Donate to Esther’s gofundme, or check out what else she’s doing to serve tennis players of all ages (get it?). You can also get involved by volunteering to host a fundraiser at your bar, restaurant, or store. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help!