USTA Eastern Celebrates

Black History Month  

USTA Eastern  |  January 15, 2018

USTA Eastern will be hosting an African American Coaches Symposium. The theme of this event is Developing World Class Athletes and Becoming Industry Leaders.


When: Friday, February 2nd

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  

Where: Kela Tennis

431 Garden Ave

Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10553


This event is FREE and includes tennis round robin play, food and a networking session with Kela Simunyola, Marvin Dent, Yasmine Osborn and prominent African American tennis industry leaders.


Kela Simunyola

  • Runs Kela Indoor Tennis in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
  • Dedicated coach who excels in junior player development
  • Enjoys watching his family participate in tennis, he attended the 2017 USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala to see his granddaughter, Ligaya Murray, who was recognized for achieving No. 1-ranking in the 10 and Under age division
  • As Ligaya's coach, Simunyola particularly enjoys watching her improve and have fun on the court

To learn more about Simunyola, click here to read an article on USOpen.org. 



Marvin Dent

  • High performance coach for over 30 years and 15 years with the USTA
  • Coached Cote D'Ivoire West Africa in the Davis Cup from 1981 - 1986
  • Served as an ATP Tour Coach from 1987 - 1994


Yasmine Osborn

  • Kansas State University record-breaker for most tennis matches won
  • Served as the Diversity Coordinator for USTA Midwest
  • Served as the Director of Diversity, Grants and Community Development for USTA Southern
  • Currently the National Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for USTA


Click here to register 


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