Nick Bollettieri wins prestigius NYC community service award
Nick Bollettieri, one of the most respected and successful coaches in tennis history, this week was honored for his years of service to youth student-athletes with the City Parks Foundation’s 2010 Vitas Gerulaitis Community Service Award.
Co-chaired by tennis legends Billie Jean King and John McEnroe and hosted by Mary Carillo, the event was held on site of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
“This award is a tremendous honor, and one that I respect with great admiration,” the 79-year-old Bollettieri said. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping kids reach their dreams, and it’s reward enough still having the privilege to continue to fill that role on a daily basis.”
Bollettieri first opened the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy with a handful of students in 1978. Since then, the academy has grown to seven sports and the IMG Performance Institute all on a 400-acre campus. In addition to the 10 worldwide No. 1-ranked players he has coached, Nick has helped send thousands of student-athletes to college.
The City Parks Foundation offers free, high-quality tennis instruction and use of equipment to more than 8,000 kids at 40 parks citywide.