Placing Business and Community in the Same Flight Plan



April 1, 2017

Aviation Development Council (ADC), a bridge organization between the region’s aviation industry and the communities it serves, is proud to announce its partnership with Councilmember Paul Vallone in support of City Parks Foundation’s 2016 CityParks Youth Tennis and Track & Field Program for Astoria Park.  ADC’s support of this important youth athletics program for Astoria Park came as a result of some dialogue with Council Member Vallone’s office, the community affairs office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the airline board members of ADC.  ADC’s board is comprised of airlines like American, United, Delta, JetBlue and Air Canada, as well as representatives from the Port Authority.

“Aviation Development Council has formulated a community outreach program which is focused on youth wellness, youth leadership development, and youth education.  This will be our fourth year in support of this worthwhile youth initiative in the Astoria Park neighborhood.  The Port Authority, City Councilmember Vallone’s office, City Parks Foundation (CPF), and ADC are extremely pleased with the success of this wonderful youth program & the outpouring of gratitude from the parents & young people in the community.  CPF’s CityParks Tennis & CityParks Track & Field programs at Astoria Park became a natural choice for our continued local outreach efforts,’’ states Bill Huisman, Executive Director of ADC.  “We appreciate Councilmember Vallone’s concern for the youth of his community and the support we received from the Port Authority and our ADC airline board members and airline partners.  We are pleased to be helping City Parks Foundation with this exciting program for young people in the Astoria area,” continued Mr. Huisman.

“Our youth tennis programs and our other youth athletics programs have proven to be very successful over the years and we are very excited about providing them in Astoria Park again this year,” said Mike Silverman, Director of Sports Programming for City Parks Foundation.  “Our goal is to spark an interest in tennis, golf and other organized sports among city kids at an early age, not only to promote fitness and well-being, but to help inspire a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.”

City Parks Foundation’s innovative program consists of two track and field or tennis lessons per week introducing young players to these sports through specialized instruction and equipment. The summer program includes warm-up stretches, life skills activities and track & tennis drills.  Fun games and contests at the end of each session allow participants to apply the skills they have just learned.  All CPF sports programs teach children important life skills – such as sportsmanship, self-confidence, patience, respect, and team work.

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, non-profit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 700 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports and education programs and helping citizens support their parks on a local level.  Its programs and community-building initiatives reach more than 600,000 New Yorkers each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

The Aviation Development Council (ADC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be a positive agent for the advancement of aviation in the New York metropolitan area by promoting a business-minded, community-friendly agenda for both the region’s aviation industry and the communities it serves.  ADC is funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the airlines that operate at four Port-Authority managed airports (LGA, JFK, EWR, TEB).

ADC will be celebrating its support of CPF’s CityParks Tennis & Track & Field Program at Astoria Park with a check presentation and media event on Thursday, August 4th, at 10:30 a.m. at Astoria Park.

CPF’s CityParks Youth Tennis Program and Track & Field Program at Astoria Park is made possible through generous support from the Aviation Development Council, and with the support of the City Parks Foundation.

Aviation Development Council & City Parks Foundation Check Presentation,

Media Event Overview

What:  Check presentation & media event to celebrate support of CityParks Tennis and Track & Field Programs in association with Aviation Development Council (and in cooperation with City Parks Foundation & the office of City Councilman Vallone).

When:   Thursday, August 4th, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

Where:  Astoria Park the tennis courts, which are at the south east corner of the park, around Astoria Park South and 21st Street .

More info:  For further information, contact the Aviation Development Council at (718) 746-0212 or City Parks Foundation at (212) 360-8281.