COLONIE — The recently retired face of American men’s tennis and the rising star of American women’s tennis will play at SEFCU Arena this summer.
They’ll each make one appearance at SEFCU Arena, Roddick as a member of the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers and Stephens with the Philadelphia Freedoms.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Sportimes local promoter Nitty Singh said at a news conference. “This is what I’ve been hoping for from day one.”
The WTT Pro League presented by GEICO will celebrate its 37th season of play this year. Billie Jean King and Larry King created the unique gender-equity team concept in the early 1970s. The WTT Pro League first hit the courts in 1974 for a five-year run. After a short hiatus, the League returned in 1981 and has been a highlight of the annual U.S. tennis calendar for the past 31 consecutive years. (from World Team Tennis Website). New for this year – an iPhone App.
This is from the Twitter feed of the Washington Kastles – World Team Tennis team.
Nothing better than a little
@10undertennisin the streets of D.C. with the Kastles at the Pancreatic Cancer Walk
WORLD TEAMTENNIS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WTT NOVO NORDISK DONNELLY AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUPPORT YOUTH TENNIS PLAYERS WITH DIABETES
WTT accepting applications through April 16
NEW YORK , N.Y. (January 18, 2012) – World TeamTennis is currently accepting applications from youth tennis players with diabetes for the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards annually distribute $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 national scholarships and six one-time $2,500 regional scholarships.
The scholarships are awarded to male and female athletes ages 12-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. Applications must be received by April 16, 2012, along with two letters of recommendation and a short essay explaining the significance of diabetes in the applicant’s life. The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.
The recipients of the $5,000 national scholarships will receive their awards at a World TeamTennis Pro League match this summer from WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The scholarship program was established by King, through WTT Charities, in 1998 to encourage children with diabetes to lead an active life and compete in tennis.
The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards are named after two long-time World TeamTennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who are sisters. Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University , and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa . Both women have lived successfully with diabetes since childhood.
Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, has been the title sponsor of the award since 2002. For more details on the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards and to download an application form, visit http://www.WTT.com/DonnellyAwards. For more information, contact Diane Donnelly Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-586-3444, x. 20.
About Novo Nordisk:
Headquartered in Denmark , Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 88 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit novonordisk-us.com.
About World TeamTennis (WTT):
World TeamTennis (WTT) showcases both the best in professional and recreational team tennis. Co-founded by Billie Jean King, the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO features the biggest names in the world playing WTT’s innovative coed team format. The WTT Recreational League presented by GEICO also operates coed team leagues and events. The United States Tennis Association is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis. For more information, visit http://www.WTT.com.