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ALUMNI

Alumni in the News In December 2010, the Queens Ledger, a weekly community newspaper published in Queens, NY, featured Browning alumnus Steven G. Schott ’72 (pictured below at the West Side Tennis Club) in an article by Lisa A. Fraser titled, “Forest Hills Kiwanis to honor three at December 16 event.” Mr. Schott was one of three local leaders honored by the Forest Hills Chapter of Kiwanis International for his outstanding service to children in the community. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Education Center in Crotona Park. The new clubhouse will boast 12,000 square feet for the children and a sunken championship court which will seat 1,500. A USPTR professional tennis instructor, Schott has also coached students at Russell Sage Junior High School—one of the NYJTL’s many schoolyard sites in Queens—and managed an

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teven G. Schott goes by two things: building bridges, not

NYJTL tournament team at the historic West Side Tennis Club in

barriers, and the belief in tomorrow’s children.

Forest Hills.

“I believe it’s important that a community comes together,”

A former member of the board of the West Side Tennis Club,

he said. Schott is vice president of the Capital Campaign at

whose children, Whitney, 15, and Meredith, 12 (pictured with

the New York Junior Tennis League where he has worked for

Steve on page 51), attend the Kew-Forest School, Schott is a co-

29 years.

creator of the Kew-Forest Tennis Academy which offers students

“When we come together in a room and we talk about the

the unique opportunity to practice at the Club for three hours a

stadium at Forest Hills or what we can do for the kids, it makes

day while receiving a full-time college preparatory education at

us a better society,” he said.

Kew-Forest. It is the only program of its kind in New York.

After graduating from Rollins College, Schott decided to

“I’m very touched,” he said of his honor. “The Kiwanis Club

dedicate his time to merging two passions: sports and helping

has a tremendous feeling for our community. I want to thank

others.

them for recognizing me, but I’ve always felt that working with

At the New York Junior Tennis League—a nonprofit organization founded by Arthur Ashe that provides free tennis instruction to over 100,000 New York City schoolchildren—he has worked primarily in the South Bronx, where he feels he has made a difference. “I feel fortunate to be around kids who don’t have all the monetary things in life, but have a spirit of love and for life,” he said. “Arthur Ashe believed it was because he had tennis courts in his own backyard that he was able to learn the game and experience things he otherwise would not have been able to. I am grateful to be doing my part to fulfill his mission of introducing more children to tennis.” The NYJTL recently broke ground on a new facility that Schott helped get off the ground: The Leeds Tennis and

these remarkable young people is an honor in itself.” I Used with permission, the Queens Ledger, December 7, 2010

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