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NY Junior Tennis League and Tennis Legend Jim Courier to Ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell



What: Jim Courier, former US Open men's tennis star, Frank Branchini, Board member & Skip Hartman, President, NYJTL and Lee Hamilton, Executive Director and COO, USTA will be presiding over the closing bell, in celebration of the 14th year of the GHI Bronx Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit event benefiting the NYJTL. Where: NASDAQ MarketSite - 4 Times Square - 43rd & Broadway - Broadcast Studio When: Thursday August 17th, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. EDT Contacts: Jane Bartnett 516-295-2932 Jim Courier Contact: Jeff Heckelman, USTA 914-696-7260 NASDAQ MarketSite: Stephanie Lowenthal; 646.441.5220

Feed Information:

The closing bell is available from 3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on uplink IA-6 C-band/transponder 17. The downlink frequency is 4040 Vertical; Audio 6.2-6.8 The feed can also be found on Waterfront fiber 1623. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lowenthal at (646) 441-5220.


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With 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. More than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2005 for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. Andre Agassi, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova are among today's top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. For more information, please visit

About NY Junior Tennis League:

For more than 30 years, the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has been a driving force for both New York City's youth as well as the tennis community. True to its mission, the NYJTL has brought the sport of tennis to children of all social, cultural and economic backgrounds. It has also helped to provide these youngsters with the critical skills needed to succeed in life.

The origin of the NYJTL is rooted in the founding of the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, Eugene Scott and Sheridan Snyder. In 1969, Arthur Ashe founded the NJTL as a way to interest city children in tennis. In 1970, as a result of Ashe's work, the New York Junior Tennis League was born and has been transforming the lives of New York City children ever since.

The NYJTL's mission is to provide New York City youngsters, through the sport of tennis, with character development, physical conditioning, social skills development, learning disciplines, and educational opportunities. By providing tennis programs for more than 170,000 youngsters on 1,000 converted tennis courts in more than 400 school yards, playgrounds and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) sites, the League has become the largest and most respected scholastic tennis program in the United States.

At a time when there is a critical shortage of structured in-school sports programs, the NYJTL provides opportunities for informal social interaction with positive role models in safe places. Through the sport of tennis, the NYJTL offers New York City youngsters a meaningful alternative to the negative influences that surround them everyday. The programs offer boys and girls an opportunity to develop their academic, social, physical and recreational skills. The NYJTL is a vital factor in maintaining youngsters interest in school.

The NYJTL programs make school fun. Children taking part in these programs learn tennis, receive peer counseling, take part in homework clubs, SAT tutoring, and learn about scholarship opportunities. The League has built a strong educational support system utilizing tennis as its vehicle. In the past three years, 150 NYJTL students received nearly $6,000,000 in annual aid and scholarships to colleges and secondary schools. For more information on the NYJTL, please visit For more information on Jim Courier, please visit

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