Legacy Hosts Moment of Silence Tuesday, December 20th at 4:10PM to Honor Coach Jonathan Rosado (1992-2014)
PHILADELPHIA, PA, December 16, 2016 – Legacy Youth Tennis and Education will mark the second anniversary of the passing of its Coach Jonathan Rosado by pausing its programs throughout Philadelphia, Camden and Chester at 4:10PM on December 20, 2016 for a moment of silence. Rosado was killed in a senseless act of violence on December 20, 2014 outside of his home in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia where he taught tennis and life skills to under-resourced youth.
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education invites its students, parents, alumni and the larger community of sports based youth development programs to join them in this moment of silence, wherever they are located, to reflect on the impact of coaches and mentors in the lives of students.
“All tennis balls will stop in our after-school programs and here at our center in East Falls, for a moment to remember Jonathan,” stated Lance Lee, president and CEO of Legacy. “While Jonathan was taken from us two years ago, his Legacy remains strong and influences both the children he coached and those of us at the organization today. With this moment of silence we hope to honor him and the role coaches play in the lives of children,” Lee continued.
At McClure Elementary school, where Jonathan coached in Legacy’s “Changing the Game” program, the moment of silence will be followed by drills and exercises that were as his co-workers and students describe: “Jon’s favorites.”
The organization asks that moments of silence be respected without the interference of cameras, cell phones or any recording devices. Social media posts inviting friends and colleagues to participate in the moment of silence in their own way are of course welcome.
Those wishing to remember Jonathan with a charitable donation may visit www.LegacyYTE.org/JRMF to make a contribution that will provide scholarship funds for children who wish to attend full-day summer tennis camp, but may lack the funds.
About Legacy Youth Tennis and Education:
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (www.LegacyYTE.org) is a tennis-based youth development program that prepares young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens. It does so through an innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development model. Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, with programming at its 16-court and classroom Center in East Falls (4842 Ridge Ave.) and in more than 40 schools and recreation centers throughout Philadelphia, Camden, Chester, and Ardmore, provides opportunities to thousands of young people, ages 4 to 18 across all levels of tennis and personal development.
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
Communications & Development Manager