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During this year's Heart to Hart Tennis Experience, DC Mayor Vincent Gray joined Cora Masters Barry, founder and CEO of RWLC, in unveiling an $18 million renovation project planned for the SETLC. Renovations are scheduled to begin by March 2014 and will include six new outdoor and six indoor hard courts, the addition of an outdoor clay court, new court lighting and spectator seating, new multi-purpose room and classroom. New masonry walls and a steel structure will also replace the bubble currently housing the indoor courts. "We are thrilled to unveil our plans to give our beloved center a 'face lift,'" said Mrs. Barry. "The renovated SETLC will continue the mission of the RWLC to provide excellent education and tennis training to the District's youth." The center will continue to operate during construction. Interior renovations are slated for completion by fall 2014, and outdoor renovations are scheduled for completion by summer 2015.
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The DC Chamber of Commerce presented the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) with the prestigious Community Impact Award at the 2013 Chamber's Choice Awards & Gala on October 26. Nina Albert, director of community affairs at Walmart, presented the award to Cora Masters Barry, CEO and founder of RWLC and founder of the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center (SETLC), and RWLC Board Chair Michael C. Rogers. In addition to this honor -- and for the first time in Chamber Choice Award history -- the Chamber presented RWLC with a cash award of $5,000 to support the children and youth of the center.
The evening also featured a video interview with Cora Masters Barry, produced by Foundation Digital Media. The video shared how RWLC makes a difference in the lives of young people through tennis and education.
It was an extraordinary night for all present. Other honorees included the Fort Meyer Construction Company; Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr., president and CEO of RLJ Lodging Trust; Fort Lincoln New Town Corp.; Giant Foods; Industrial Bank, and Gina F. Adams, corporate vice president for government affairs at FedEx Corporation.
"We are so honored to receive this award," said Mrs. Barry. "It is wonderful to be in such great company. Being a part of the Chamber has afforded us so many opportunities to network with other organizations, it has been just amazing. I thank the Chamber and all the hard working board members and staff who have made this possible."
Washington Kastles Owner Mark Ein teamed up with Southeast Tennis & Learning Center (SETLC) tennis scholar Taylor “Woodie” McKnight to compete against former world-class ATP tennis player Brian Vahaly and tennis scholar Rashid Slade on Saturday, October 19. The match capped the 15th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience, an annual event that raises funds to support the SETLC Tennis Scholarship Fund. The event also offered tennis clinics, teamed junior players with adults in doubles tennis and featured Washington Kastles Mascot Topspin.
Friends of the Recreation Wish List Committee gathered at the Lake Presidential Golf Club on October 4 to play in the 10th Annual Golf Tournament. Chaired by Michael Rogers, RWLC board chairman, and sponsored by the Fort Myer Construction Corporation, the event benefitted the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center.
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