PMC Hosted WIN4LIFE Tennis Weekend

PMC hosted the WIN4LIFE Tennis Weekend in May, honoring the memory of tennis great Althea Gibson, America’s first African-American tennis professional. Thirty young African-American women tennis players from the city of Boston participated in the weekend, staying in the PMC residence halls and playing at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club of Dorchester.

The idea for the weekend came from a number of Gibson’s pupils, including tennis greats Leslie Allen, Zina Sands, and the late Andrea Buchanan, who had participated in a similar event 25 years ago. The weekend was co-sponsored by the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club of Dorchester, the Leslie Allen Foundation, and PMC.

In welcoming the participants at breakfast, President Nemerowicz said, “We are delighted to be hosting the WIN4LIFE Tennis Weekend. We are in the business of preparing young women for lives of inclusive leadership and social responsibility, and the sponsors of this tournament seek to support young women athletes in envisioning their futures and setting goals by encouraging them to develop self-esteem and self-reliance. It is appropriate that we collaborate on this important undertaking.”

The Sportsmen’s Tennis Club of Dorchester is the only African-American owned and operated, nonprofit, indoor tennis club in the country. Founded in the early 1960s, it annually serves more than 1,000 low-income, inner-city youth, teaching them the love of tennis, as well as the development of critical life skills, including discipline, perseverance, self-esteem, self-reliance, goal setting, a sense of healthy competition, and good sportsmanship.

The Leslie Allen Foundation was founded by the former world-ranked tennis professional. Its WIN4LIFE program attempts to teach both tennis and life skills to young, ethnically diverse, urban females to help them become valuable and productive citizens of the world. The program emphasizes four key “D” words: desire, determination, discipline, and dedication, and how they can be used to be successful both on and off the court.