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Park Beautification with the Philadelphia Freedoms 3

Partnering with Billie Jean King

Tennis legend Billie Jean King and the Philadelphia Freedoms teamed up with UnitedHealthcare and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to beautify FDR Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Over 50 volunteers worked to restore the park’s neglected tennis courts, as well as the historic boathouse. Volunteers worked with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to pick up trash, wash and paint courts, and offer some much needed TLC to help restore important parts of the park to their former glory.

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with UnitedHealthcare to help build healthier communities,” said Barbara Perry, senior vice president and general manager of the Philadelphia Freedoms, of Mylan World TeamTennis. “This activity will help beautify a special place for the people of this community.”

This is the second year UnitedHealthcare has teamed with the Freedoms and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to beautify a Philadelphia park in an effort to encourage residents to engage in activities outdoors.

“UnitedHealthcare and the Philadelphia Freedoms are making a tangible contribution to our community while teaching several important lessons to our young people – not just with tennis lessons, but also the value of volunteering to improve the park so it can be better enjoyed by all our residents. And of course, I appreciate the ongoing work of the Fairmount Park Conservancy for the work it does in beautifying our city in so many ways,” said Mike Stack, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Fairmount Park Conservancy to give Philadelphians a more beautiful place to be active and healthy,” said Dan Tropeano, executive director, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania.

Following the park beautification volunteer project, the Freedoms hosted a pop-up tennis event, which was presented by UnitedHealthcare. Freedoms tennis pros were on the court to teach participants of all ages some of the most useful skills in tennis, such as backhands, forehands, and serving. The Freedom’s mascot, Nettie King, was also be on site for photo opportunities and prize giveaways.

Courtney Johnson is a social responsibility program manager at UnitedHealthcare.

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About the Philadelphia Freedoms:

The Philadelphia Freedoms are part of Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO, the groundbreaking leader in professional team tennis competition. The Freedoms will play 12 matches during their 2016 regular season schedule, including six home matches this August at The Pavilion at Villanova University. The Freedoms are owned by Billie Jean King and led by Head Coach Josh Cohen and Director of Player Development Craig Kardon. The 2016 Freedoms roster includes marquee player Caroline Wozniacki, Donald Young, Lukas Lacko, Samantha Crawford, Fabrice Martin, and Naomi Broady.

The Freedoms are hosted by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Generous support is provided by UnitedHealthcare. Official sponsors include Mylan, Beneficial Bank, Geico, AmerisourceBergen Foundation, Drexel University, 23K Studios, ChatterBlast Media, CBS 3, DecoTurf, Doubletree by Hilton Valley Forge, Grimm & Grove Communications, Comcast Spectacor, Hamlin Family Foundation, Macy’s, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Sweet Street Desserts, Rothman Institute, USTA Middle States, Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk, Keystone Volvo, Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon, Chaddsford Winery, and 101.1 More FM.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:

Mylan World TeamTennis is the innovative leader in professional team tennis competition and features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. In 2015, Mylan WTT became only the fifth major professional team sports league in the United States to reach the 40th season mark, joining an elite list that includes the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. The 2016 regular season runs from July 31-August 13 and concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals at Forest Hills, New York on August 26th

About Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of public land and waterways as well as through safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. PPR helps Philadelphia’s children and other residents grow by connecting them to the natural world, to each other, and to fun, physical and social opportunities. For more information, find Philadelphia Parks & Recreation online at www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation and follow @philaparkandrec on social media.

About The Fairmount Park Conservancy 

The Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion the Fairmount Park system.  Its mission is to work as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts that preserve and improve Philadelphia’s park system to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Fairmount Park Conservancy fulfills its mission by leading signature capital projects and innovative programs throughout Philadelphia’s park system; by developing and leveraging resources for the park system; and by promoting its unique assets and contributions. The Philadelphia park system covers more than 10,200 acres and is considered one of the largest urban park systems in the world.  It includes a network of more than 100 neighborhood parks and contains some of the region’s most famous treasures and attractions. For more information, please visit www.myphillypark.org. Like the Fairmount Park Conservancy on Facebook at facebook.com/FairmountParkConservancy and Follow on Instagram and Twitter @myphillypark.


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