John McEnroe to Host NYC Comedy Night to Raise Funds for Tennis Project
Those who know him attest to his killer wit and sophisticated sense of humor, the verbal equivalent of his world-famous volleying skill on the tennis court. On April 25, 2017 John McEnroe lends his comedic aptitude and appreciation to curating an evening featuring some of the city’s funniest New Yorkers at Carolines on Broadway. The first-ever Stand Up for a Cause event will benefit his transformative tennis, the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP).
“This event is a long-held dream of mine, a phenomenally fun way to raise funds and awareness for the groundbreaking work we do at the Johnny Mac Tennis Project,” said John McEnroe. “I’ve been lucky to have a skill that enables me to act like a kid well beyond my childhood. The majority of my adult life has been spent making sure that deserving kids get a real shot at successful adulthood. With Stand Up for a Cause at Carolines, I’m inviting the public to join me in this important endeavor.”
Founded in 2012, JMTP has transformed the lives of thousands of children from under-resourced communities at the Sportime Randall’s Island facility. This groundbreaking initiative, which has disbursed over $2M in tennis scholarships, provides athletic and life success training to some of the New York City’s most at-risk kids. Inspired by John McEnroe’s vision, JMTP serves as a model for effective programming well beyond the realm of sports.
“On and off the tennis court, my brother John is able to appreciate life’s absurdities, both large and small,” said Patrick McEnroe, new Johnny Mac Board Member. “From the time we were kids, he’s always understood the power of laughter to transcend life’s tough times. At the Johnny Mac Stand up for a Cause comedy evening, the cost of admission will buy patrons an evening of solid gold entertainment and thousands of children a better future. I hope you will join me, John and our friends at this unforgettable event.”
Tickets to Stand Up for a Cause range from $1,000 per person for VIP seating and hospitality to $200 for ROH seating in this intimate venue. Table group sponsorships are also available. Invited guests include friends of the McEnroe brothers (JMTP founder, John, new Board member Patrick and president Mark), other board members and their guests, members of Sportime’s clubs in Manhattan and in the Hamptons, and other generous tennis and comedy fans. Donors at the $750 level and above are invited to a VIP cocktail reception at 7:00pm.
One week prior to the event, JMTP will host an online silent auction, which continues at Carolines and will include approximately 20 items, across a broad spectrum of price points. There will also be a brief live auction that night of very special tennis, vacation and other experiences. Auction winners will be announced that night, as well as on our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).