New Group of Rising Stars Come to the Legacy Center

Legacy is excited to introduce our 2019 novice class of Rising Stars! These eight new Rising Stars, Lana Rodriguez, Destiny Jones, Alandrea Lugo, Aaleah Smith, Israel Edwards, Ziyan Hemingway, Amylah Carter and Nafi Curtis were participants in either Legacy’s after-school or community summer tennis programs. This special group of players were chosen to participate in the Rising Stars program based on a talent identification process that included their growing tennis skill-set, a strong commitment level demonstrated through their consistent attendance, positive behavior, and parental involvement. As part of the program, our newest Rising Stars have been enrolled in Junior Tennis Clinics at our flagship Legacy Center. There, they also receive free semi-private lessons and educational and guidance support. We congratulate these special players on being selected as Rising Stars! New Rising Star,12 year old Destiny Jones, is most looking forward to improving her game, making some new friends and playing in her first tournament this year

High School Night

featuring Greater Philadelphia’s high performing public, private & charter high schools!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6:00pm- 8:00pm

Location: Legacy Youth Tennis
4842 Ridge Ave, Phila 19129

All 7th & 8th Graders are encouraged to come and learn
more about each school’s mission, admissions process,
academic requirements, financial aid and more.
Principals, Admissions Directors & Tennis Coaches
from Greater Philadelphia’s high performing public,

private & charter high schools.

For more information please contact: Jude Henzy or 215-487-3477 x144

Legacy Golf Tournament

This past Monday, September 24th, 2018, Legacy hosted a special day of golf at the 1912 Club.  The sold-out crowd enjoyed lunch, a fun-filled day of golf, cocktails and a silent auction, and dinner and awards We are extremely proud to announce that the event has raised over $90,000 which enables Legacy to continue to prepare young people for success through tennis and education.

We would like to give a big thank you to Board Chair Gary Williams and Axis Construction management for its leadership and to our many other sponsors who made the event successful. In addition, thanks to Dave Leno for serving as MC, our photographers, volunteers, brothers AJ Walker-Matthews and Quentin Matthews for sharing why Legacy is so important to them and our community.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to making this event such a great success!




Legacy Youth Tennis and Education players have opportunities to experience the US Open!

The US Open Tennis Tournament has the highest attendance of any sporting event in the world. Lucky for Legacy it’s an easy day trip to Flushing Meadows to watch the best players compete for the last major title of the year.

Last Saturday, September 1st, two dozen Legacy kids and their parents drove back up to the Open to participate in the USTA’s Net Generation event. As fans arrived for the day’s opening matches, hundreds of young tennis players in yellow t-shirts were on the courts hitting red balls over mini-nets. After the demo, each Net Generation rep got to stay on the US Open grounds for the whole day to watch their favorite pros play the game we all love.

The week before, on August 25th, we loaded up cars, vans and a school bus (sponsored by Legacy friend and Board Member, Maria McGarry) and over oh hundred coaches, players and their families attended Arthur Ashe Kids Day. Attendees got to see the pros hitting in the brand-new Louis Armstrong Stadium, watch qualifying matches on the outer courts, participate in practice drills, attend a concert in Arthur Ashe stadium, and basically have open access to the entire campus of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The highlight, of course, was a giant group photo of the Legacy family in Legacy shirts in front of the largest tennis stadium on the planet.

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Welcomes Ron Nano as President and CEO

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Ron Nano as President and CEO, effective December 18, 2017.

Nano joins Legacy from New York, where he was the Executive Director of the Johnny Mac Tennis Project and Co-General Manager of Sportime Randall’s Island/John McEnroe Tennis Academy.  For nearly a decade prior, Nano served as the Director of Tennis and Senior Director of Operations for New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL), where he led dynamic tennis and education programs for nearly 75,000 young athletes.  In 2015, Nano oversaw the completion of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, NYJTL’s flagship $26.5 million center and served as its General Manager in its inaugural year.

“The board and I strongly believe that Ron’s leadership and experience will catapult Legacy into the future of tennis in Philadelphia and the number of young people we impact annually,” states Gary Williams, Chairman of the Board. “We are confident he will re-energize the Legacy Community with his passion for helping young people reach their full potential on and off the court.”

Through an extensive executive search by Juno Search Partners, Nano brings over 18 years of experience to Legacy driving high-performance tennis programming and delivering educational programs to children in all five of New York City’s five boroughs.

“I am extremely honored and thankful for the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of Legacy,” said Nano.  “I cannot wait to join the Legacy family and to do my part in preparing our young people for success. I look forward to working with dedicated colleagues, community partners, supporters, and most importantly our children and their families. I’ll do my very best to continue Legacy’s tradition of excellence.”

Legacy Youth Tennis And Education Appoints Gary Williams Chairman And Alex Hamilton Vice Chairman





PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 20, 2017 – Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, the sports-based youth development programming center located in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia has named Gary Williams as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Alex Hamilton, Vice Chairman.


Gary Williams is Executive Vice President and Founding Partner of Axis Construction Management, specializing in healthcare construction. He has served on the board for the past four years and is the founder and chairman of the Annual Legacy Golf and Tennis Tournament. Gary has served on the board of the Pathway School for six years.

Alex Hamilton joins Williams on Legacy’s executive committee. Alex Hamilton is a Sales Consultant for axle Video LLC, a Boston-based software company that specializes in content and media management. He has served on the board of Legacy since 2012 and has been involved with the organization for more than 15 years. Most recently, Alex served as head of the Development Committee and on the Executive Committee. Alex lives in the Mt. Airy with his wife, Leslie Benoliel, and two sons, Ben and Nigel.


“Legacy is thrilled to welcome Gary Williams as our new Chairman of the Board and Alex Hamilton as Vice Chairman”, said by Samantha Shaw, Senior Vice President of Operations. “Their passion and commitment to our mission is inspiring and vital to the success of our organization.  We are grateful to all of our board members in helping advance our mission.”


About Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education ( 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 Center in East Falls (4842 Ridge Ave.) and in schools and recreation centers throughout Philadelphia, Camden, Chester, and provides opportunities to over 3,500 young people, ages 4 to 18 across all levels of tennis and personal development. In addition to its programs at the 16-court center in East Falls, programs are held in over 40 schools and recreation centers in Philadelphia, Chester, and Camden, NJ.


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Results from ATA Tournament July 2017

This summer we had the privilege of bringing 14 athletes to Baltimore from July 25 until August 5 to compete in the 100th Annual American Tennis Association National Championship.  We are so proud of the performance of all of our athletes!

Tori Alexander was a finalist in the Girls 16’s and under
Ruthie Njagi was a finalist in the Girls 14’s and under
Marcel Mordecai was a finalist in the Boys 14’s and under
Brandon Caban came in 3rd in the Boys 18’s and under
Jenna Crawford came in 4th in the Girls 14’s and under
Julia Kelly won the consolation back draw coming in 5th in the Girls 16’s and under


Ann Li Junior Wimbledon Finalist!

Ann started in our entry program, Munchkins, at four years old and trained with us for ten years. Her talent and tenacity, along with others in her cohort lead to the creation of our Future Stars program. Ann is an example of what we strive to be and provide at Legacy.

Legacy Tolerance Statement

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education has a zero tolerance policy against racism, violence and all forms of hate. Inappropriate behavior or speech goes against our mission and values and is unacceptable. Legacy is a community of equality and compassion; our employees, athletes, families and friends must all stand together to help support our efforts and protect the humanity and dignity of every person. If you witness anything that is against our platform, please report it immediately. Thank you for supporting us and helping to protect our community.