2008-08-22 / Community

D.A. Brown Presents Awards To Top Officials

From left to right is Director of Investigations and Security of Queens Public Library, Michael Daly; NTC Manager of Programs and Professional Staff, Tina Taps; retired Community School Superintendent of District 21, Marty Weinstein; D.A. Brown; New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) Vice President of Facilities, Bill Weise; NYC Corporation Counsel's Queens Family Court Chief, Jennifer Gilroy Ruiz; NTC Director of Tennis, Whitney Kraft; NYJTL CEO, Gary Davis; and Queens Borough President, Helen M. Marshall. From left to right is Director of Investigations and Security of Queens Public Library, Michael Daly; NTC Manager of Programs and Professional Staff, Tina Taps; retired Community School Superintendent of District 21, Marty Weinstein; D.A. Brown; New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) Vice President of Facilities, Bill Weise; NYC Corporation Counsel's Queens Family Court Chief, Jennifer Gilroy Ruiz; NTC Director of Tennis, Whitney Kraft; NYJTL CEO, Gary Davis; and Queens Borough President, Helen M. Marshall. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown hosted a ceremony on Thursday, August 7, in recognition of the assistance provided by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC). Tina Taps, manager of National Tennis Center Programs and Whitney Kraft, director were presented with Public Service Awards and honored for their hard work in helping to make D.A. Brown's school anti-violence efforts in Far Rockaway a success.

Taps brings 29 years of experience to the NTC. As manager of the Programs and Professional Staff, she manages various aspects of the USTA's involvement in the professional sport, including the U.S. Open. Kraft is a 25 year veteran of tennis. Prior to joining the NTC team, he served as Director of Tennis for the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he oversaw the daily programming and operations of more than 45 courts at nine different facilities.

The "Say Yeas to Tennis; No to Violence Day" is the culmination each year of D.A. Brown's Straight Talk About Risk (STAR) Track anti-violence program. The program involves assistant district attorneys and assistant corporation counsel working with children at nine schools in Far Rockaway to teach them about the risks of drugs and guns in partnership with educators and parents. The program uses a curriculum designed to drive down the crime rate and build up self-esteem, confidence and the quality of life.

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