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DC Mayors to Participate in 12th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience

This story comes to us from John Stokes:

Local politicians including former Mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, Presumptive Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander will join tennis celebrity Zina Garrison, area youth and their families for the 12th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience, the fundraising event created by The Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).  A full day of tennis and community fun will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 9:00am to 3:30pm, at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, located at 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 

"This is a special occasion for all of us as it is a reminder of how we started our efforts to raise money for the children of the District of Columbia over 10 years ago," said Cora Masters Barry, Founder and CEO of The Recreation Wish List Committee. "Through Heart to Hart we are able to "pay it forward" through the funding and support we receive from local politicians and the community who believe in our good work.  Most importantly we have a fantastic day of friendly competition and a fun way to raise the monies that continue to support our children of the District of Columbia." 

DPR Director Jesús Aguirre states, "DPR is pleased to partner with the Recreation Wish List on another fantastic event. The combination of education and tennis that takes place at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center will produce spectacular memories that will last a lifetime."

Once again junior and adult tennis players will team up in doubles tennis and compete in the day-long tournament highlighted by a celebrity match between Marion Barry and Anthony Williams.  Barry is the defending Heart to Hart champion and doesn't see anything changing this year.

"I love playing in the Heart to Hart Tennis Experience as we get a chance to play with the children of the community and reinforce that the children of Southeast are just as important as the other children in the District," said Anthony Williams, Former Mayor of the District of Columbia, who has been attending the event since the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center opened in 2001.  "Tennis is a great communicator to encourage health and wellness while having fun.  I love to play and am getting ready for my rematch with Marion Barry.  This year, I will come away victorious." 

After a morning full of tennis matches, clinics and physical fitness, an awards ceremony will be held, with a variety of personalities from the day's events reflecting on the mission and success of the RWLC.  A silent auction will also take place.

This year, the Experience will be held in memory of Velma Love Nellum, a RWLC founding board member who recently succumbed to her brave battle with cancer, was passionate about her service to youth and the game of tennis. A portion of the proceeds will be forwarded to a scholarship fund established in her memory.  Nellum succumbed to her battle with cancer in September of this year.

Media inquiries for an interview from a host of Tennis Experience spokespersons including: Cora Masters Barry, CEO/Founder of the Recreation Wish List Committee; Nic Askew, SETLC Site Manager; SETLC parents and SETLC kids playing in the tournament, please contact John A. Stokes, DPR Acting Chief of Staff, at (202) 288-7275.