- NEW YORK (March 15, 2011) – SPORTIME Randall’s Island, located beneath the RFK Bridge in Manhattan, the flagship of SPORTIME’s chain of 13 tennis and sports clubs in New York State, has been selected as “2010 Indoor Tennis Facility of the Year” by The American Sports Builders Association. The ASBA is a non-profit trade association comprised of builders, designers and suppliers for facilities in a North America. The announcement was made in ASBA’s annual meeting in early February 2011. SPORTIME Randall’s Island is an expansive, state-of-the-art, facility, developed by SPORTIME under the auspices of the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation. The 160,000 square foot, $19 million facility opened in 2009 and is one of the largest indoor tennis facilities in North America.
“We are very excited to have been acknowledged by the ASBA for the SPORTIME at Randall’s Island project. Our goal from the start was to build and operate the best possible tennis facility for residents of the City,” said Claude Okin, SPORTIME founder and Chief Exective Officer. “We have tried to create a tennis club unlike any other in terms of accessibility and the quality of the facility and its programs, while also providing the perfect setting to develop some great young players in partnership with New York icon and tennis legend John McEnroe. We think in a very short time we have proven we are well on our way to achieving those goals, and we are really just getting started. There is more to come!”
In addition to its 20 indoor/outdoor har-tru and deco-turf courts, and world-class training facilities, SPORTIME Randall’s Island is home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which opened this past September, 2010. The JMTA eclipsed its original enrollment goals and now has over 500 first year students, with a staff of over 35 tennis professionals and coaches from around the world. The Academy offers world-class tennis training, while supporting its students in living at home and leading a balanced lifestyle, including education and team sports. The facility is also home to the New York Sportimes of the World TeamTennis Professional League, the 2010 WTT Eastern Conference Champions, lead by Captain John McEnroe.
Offering private club amenities and concierge level member service, Sportime is also fully accessible to the general public for hourly and seasonal court use, indoors and out. It is one of the most unique public/private sports facilities in the United States, built with private funds in excess of $19 million on public land, at no cost to the taxpayers.
For more information on the facility, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy or the NY Sportimes, visit http://www.sportimeny.com/Manhattan
ABOUT SPORTIME AND SPORTIME RANDALL’S ISLAND
SPORTIME Randall’s Island, just across the RFK bridge from Manhattan, is a state of the art $19 million tennis and fitness facility which opened in the spring of 2009. It is home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which reflects John’s philosophy that great tennis players can be developed in urban environments, while living with their families and remaining in school. The Academy works with young players of all ages and provides tuition assistance to those who can not otherwise participate. It is the only academy of its kind in the United States.
SPORTIME is New York State's leader for tennis, sports and fitness. Operating 13 clubs across Long Island, in NYC, in Westchester and in the NY Capital Region, the organization strives to provide members with welcoming and comfortable environments. SPORTIME’s "fitness for real life" philosophy is reflected in clubs that are state-of-the-art, yet affordable, and that offer the best tennis facilities, along with great gyms and every sports or fitness experience or class that you can imagine.