New York Junior Tennis & Learning's Joy for Kids

Joyce Short/NYJTL Serve Joy at Special Populations Festival on Roosevelt Island

Updated 1 year ago
Kids vie for prizes at NYJTL's Special Populations Festival
Kids vie for prizes at NYJTL's Special Populations Festival
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Sun beamed on a lively crowd of special athletes at the Octagon Tennis Courts on Wednesday. All weren't playing tennis. Some were bowling inflated balls at multi-hued pins. Joyce Short, the "pioneering athlete" who's run Roosevelt Island's NYJTL program for 30 years and, this year, manages the Special Populations Festival, stood nearby, relishing the energetic play as much as the kids.

Most of the children participating deal with limitations related to autism, Short said, in a brief conversation.

She was too busy overseeing activities - and enjoying them - to stop for talk. 

Short shares in the joyful spirit as kids pack the tennis court.
Short shares in the joyful spirit as kids pack the tennis court.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

 

The New York Junior Tennis and Learning organizes the summer festivals serving children with special needs all over the city. Short hopes they can bring Staten Island into the fold for the first time in 2019.

Each participant earns a prize that includes a certificate and a blue ribbon, meaningful extras in the lives of the kids that will serve as reminders of a joy-filled day, all year around.

Corrections: A recent name change for NYJTL is New York Junior Tennis and Learning, not "League." Also, we mistakenly indicated Joyce Short as the local chapter's founder. She is not, but has run the operation for years.

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