Tennis in the Parks Goes to London

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on July 27, 2012

Well, sort of… You might recall that we have been working closely with Citi on a program called Every Step of the Waysm

The whole idea of this program is to benefit the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America.

The program includes 13 athletes – Team Citi – made up of Olympic and Paralympic alumni, qualifiers and 2012 hopefuls. Members of Team Citi represent a wide range of sports: swimming, soccer, tennis, triathlon, gymnastics, track & field (Olympic/Paralympic) and sitting volleyball.

Olympian tennis stars Mike and Bob Bryan have chosen to support the NRPA’s Tennis in the Parks (TIP) initiative through this partnership.

As you may know, the TIP program gives millions of kids access to tennis lessons, courts, rackets and resources so they can learn and excel in the game. Through their involvement with Every Step of the Way, the Bryan Brothers hope to raise money for TIP and inspire kids to follow their own dreams of becoming tennis stars.


Bryan Brothers Good Luck

Kids from Murfreesboro TN Park and Recreation Cheer on the Bryan Brothers


And tonight, the 2012 Olympic Games will open and “our very own” Bryan Brothers, seeded number 1, will take part and go for GOLD.  Not only that, they’ll be taking the spirit of NRPA and Tennis in the Parks with them every step along the way in London! 

Make sure you tune in tonight and see if you can spot the twins during the opening ceremony and tune in on Saturday to cheer them on as they take on a Brazilian doubles team.  If you are on social media, we want them to feel the love from the NRPA community – tweet your support to @BryanBros.

Beyond cheering for the Brothers, there are more ways you can help.  Citi has donated $500,000, or 50 million ThankYou points to the Every Step program and you can help award them to our cause!

  • First, download the application here on Facebook. (Application is now closed)
  • You’ll be paired with an athlete, make sure it’s the Bryan Brothers!
  • The more you like, tweet, share, view and watch the brothers’ content the more points will be awarded to Tennis in the Parks

We are proud to partner with Citi and the Bryan Brothers to help raise funds for the Tennis in the Parks program and you should be too!