Ceremony officially opens John Jay tennis courts

Tennis players ranging from young novices to experienced adults flooded the six new John Jay High School tennis courts on Friday, Sept. 18, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication that officially opened the new community-funded complex.

Working in collaboration with the district, the nonprofit Katonah-Lewisboro Community Tennis Association brought the courts from small idea to fruition during the course of three years.

Robert Labriola, KLCTA President and John Jay varsity boys tennis coach, spearheaded the project and hopes to see the district’s youngest students get to enjoy the courts as they grow up and move through the district.

“What a great partnership we had with the school and the school board. I appreciate the work we did together,” Labriola said, also giving credit to the “hundreds of the families” that were involved in donating to the project.

John Jay JV and varsity tennis players said they are thrilled with the addition to the campus, having never had their own courts to host matches on before. The high school players demonstrated their skills on the courts following the dedication and assisted younger students by teaching them basic drills and games.

“[The courts] are really nice,” said 10th grader Ben Feinstein. “I like the way that the ball moves on them.”

Following remarks from Labriola, Athletic Director Christian McCarthy, former John Jay Boosters Club President Mary Ann Flayhan, United States Tennis Association-Eastern Assistant Executive Director Jenny Schnitzer and Superintendent of Schools Andrew Selesnick, a purple ribbon was cut to officially open the fields. New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald and New York State Senator George Latimer were both on hand for the ceremony.

Selesnick praised Labriola for his leadership in bringing the courts to life, telling him, “Your dedication to this project is unbelievably clear. On behalf of the district, it is my incredible opportunity to say thank you for this gift.”

The six new tennis courts on the John Jay High School campus were officially dedicated in a ceremony last Friday, which drew a large crowd of players, tennis supporters, elected representatives, school officials and John Jay sports boosters. From the left: State Sen. George Latimer; Maryanne Flayhan, former John Jay Booster Club president; Rob Labriola, president of the Katonah-Lewisboro Community Tennis Association; Jenny Schnitzer, executive director of the Eastern Tennis Association of the USTA; Andrew Selesnick, Katonah-Lewisboro superintendent of schools; Sandy Hoffman of the Eastern Tennis Association; State Assemblyman David Buckwald; and John Jay High School Athletic Director Christian McCarthy. — J.B. Cozens photo

The six new tennis courts on the John Jay High School campus were officially dedicated in a ceremony last Friday, which drew a large crowd of players, tennis supporters, elected representatives, school officials and John Jay sports boosters. From the left: State Sen. George Latimer; Maryanne Flayhan, former John Jay Booster Club president; Rob Labriola, president of the Katonah-Lewisboro Community Tennis Association; Jenny Schnitzer, executive director of the Eastern Tennis Association of the USTA; Andrew Selesnick, Katonah-Lewisboro superintendent of schools; Sandy Hoffman of the Eastern Tennis Association; State Assemblyman David Buckwald; and John Jay High School Athletic Director Christian McCarthy. — J.B. Cozens photo

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