Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King

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In 1964, Barbara Wynne (affectionately known as "BB") founded the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund.   Soon after, BB's Indianapolis Community Tennis Summer Program began "serving" an estimated 50,000 tennis loving kids of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and has continued to do so for over 55 years.  At nearly 87, BB still continues to personally teach the youngest kids in the program she created.  BB's  love for her program kids not just palpable, it is verbal.  She ends every conversation with an affirming "love you, love you."  They return the love by coming back year after year for the program and - once they go to college - many of the return to help as summer program coaches.  

My son, Jonathan (JJ), is one of BB's kids.  He began attending the program at age 9. For him, nothing beat spending all day, every week day, at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School  with his his tennis friends.  There, he met his best friend, BB's grandson, JT Wynne. 

From the summer program, both JJ and JT gained not only tennis skills, but life skills : winning and losing, teamwork, self-control, dedication, etc....   Each went on to have competitive individual junior tennis careers, traveling together to tournaments all over the U.S.  They competed together as doubles and team partners and against each other in individual matches.  During their travels, they met even more kids and developed a network of tennis kids.  I loved watching these kids fiercely battle on the court, then play cards a few minutes later.  Many of these tournaments - both local and national level -- were played right here in Indy at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center.   

With their high school teammates -many of them also from BB's summer program -- the boys earned 3 consecutive Indiana State Championships.  JJ won a fourth in doubles play.   They both went on to successful college careers, even playing each other's team once.  Between them, they had multiple NCAA tournament appearances and All American titles.  Covid 19 cut their senior season short and abruptly ended their collegiate tennis careers.  But, fittingly, they will both attend IU Law School in the fall. 

 

Watching my son and JT play tennis, meet lifelong friends and grow into phenomenal young men - in large part due to their education at the Indianapolis Tennis Community Program-- has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

Please help this exceptional program survive the financial ravages of Covid 19.  Together, let's ensure that 50,000 more kids like JJ and JT benefit from the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Program.   

Please help keep BB's legacy alive for generations to come.  


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Fireside Chat With Billie Jean King

Tuesday from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar 2020-06-30 17:00:00 2020-06-30 18:00:00 America/New_York Fireside Chat With Billie Jean King Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King on June 30th at 5pm. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King on June 30th at 5pm. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

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Life has changed. Schools are closed, summer plans are cancelled, and for the first time in 57 years our courts are empty. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth many formidable challenges.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear from Billie Jean King about her experiences. King, one of the ‘100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century’ (Life Magazine), is the epitome of someone who has met challenges head-on, both on and off the court, using tennis as a vehicle to make an impact.

We all know that tennis is much more than a game. It is a catalyst for developing critical life-skills and core values. It is an integral part of our players’ lives. Our program serves as their summer home and extended family. Now that’s missing – at least in the traditional sense.

In an effort to keep kids active and engaged, our coaches have created a digital curriculum to continue providing meaningful instruction during this stressful time. Reminding them that the determination, discipline, and sportsmanship they have learned through tennis, will only better enable them to thrive now.

It’s no secret that institutions world-wide have felt financial strains as a result of this pandemic, and our organization is no exception. The funds raised at this special event will replace the loss of income from both programming cancellations and our annual in-person fundraiser, the Palooza. Your generous donations will allow our organization to continue operations by maintaining a limited staff, creating digital programming, and resuming regular programming and Midwest-level tournaments when restrictions allow.

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Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King, moderated by local business leader and tennis enthusiast Scott Dorsey. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

Tennis legend, Billie Jean King will speak about her life, her connection to Barbara Wynne and the Indianapolis tennis community, and her tips for staying engaged in tennis during this pandemic. She'll even be taking questions from the audience! You are guaranteed to leave this conversation inspired and ready to face the current challenges head-on.

In May of 1970 Billie Jean heard about a growing tennis program in Indianapolis. In town for the Virginia Slims tournament, she agreed to stop by and do a short clinic with the kids. After discovering they were public courts and a community program she stayed 4 hours with the 150 kids in attendance (pictured above). Truly a moment that will never be forgotten, much like this upcoming event.

What: Virtual Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King, benefiting the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund
When: June 30th, 5pm ET
Where: Zoom Webinar (details sent after registration)
Cost: Free*

*Suggested donation of $100 per family. Your gift furthers our mission of teaching tennis as a lifetime sport for players of all ages and abilities. Each act of generosity directly invests in our youth, enhancing their lives through the game of tennis, while teaching life lessons and skills to use at home, school, and throughout life.

Don't miss your chance to experience greatness all from the comfort of your home—register today!

All proceeds raised through the Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King will benefit the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, a 501©(3) organization. Your generosity directly invests in the youth of our community and ensures our program’s legacy and the unique opportunities we present endure.

If you prefer to donate via check, please mail to
Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, Fireside Chat
PO Box 40534
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

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