LEAP Foundation DC has partnered with Recreation Wish List Committee in support of what has become a recognized and anticipated event for the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. “A Platinum Experience Celebration: Tennis Shoes, Ties, & After Five” began with a general reception followed by a dinner, program and dancing on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 701 Mississippi Avenue, Southeast. Past galas have attracted celebrities, notable community leaders, philanthropists and local supporters, and this year again has included special invited guests Serena and Venus Williams.
Since 1995, the Recreation Wish List Committee, founded by former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry, has been supporting and creating safe places for youth to grow and play. The Southeast Tennis and Learning Center opened its doors in 2001 and has allowed thousands of impoverished children from Ward 7 and 8 Washington neighborhoods to benefit from educational and athletic programs. Combining academics with cultural enrichment, technology and tennis, youngsters from 3 to 17 years old are challenged to succeed, later taking pride in their accomplishments and finding value in the efforts and achievements of others.
According to Dr. Clayton G. Lawrence, LEAP Foundation DC’s Founder & Chairman of the Board, the nonprofit shares a similar mission and aims to “build bridges between hope and achievement in the District of Columbia and surrounding communities.” The organization provides educational and training opportunities to meet the aspirations of the underserved citizens of the District of Columbia and has gained national recognition for its commitment and innovative work at the grassroots level and communities around the country. In 2009, the year of its founding, LEAP was awarded the Best of Business Award in the Health Care Staffing category by the California-based Small Business Commerce Association, and in 2014, it was honored as the Greater Washington Hispanic Non-Profit Award Winner.
Of the SETLC, Lawrence said, “The center instills students with achievement and teaches independence, strategy and commitment.”
“We are proud to support the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center,” Lawrence said. “The facility and its programming gives citizens who are underrepresented and disenfranchised a sense of desire, hope and accomplishment. It was the vision and passion of Cora Masters Barry that has made tennis a bridge to higher achievement.”
ABOUT LEAP FOUNDATION DC
LEAP Foundation DC, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, was founded in 2009, by Dr. Clayton G. Lawrence to address the unmet social and health needs of the people of the District of Columbia. By providing educational and training opportunities, LEAP’s programs advocate for the health and wellness of community members, deliver services to individuals and families in need, support local organizations in their efforts to improve their community, and provide a stage and voice for those who are overlooked and disregarded.