St Giles Hotels, along with tennis pros – John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson and Reilly Opelka – came together on Saturday night to celebrate the US Open with a private event for special guests to meet the players, take in views of Manhattan from the 360° terrace of the Penthouse Suite at The Tuscany – A St Giles Signature Hotel – and support the non-profit organization New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL). As part of its Hotels with Heart charity, St Giles Hotels partnered with NYJTL to give young teenagers from its program the opportunity to not only meet these tennis professionals, but also play a few games of table tennis with them for the challenge of a lifetime. In addition, the organization received a donated ping pong table from the hotelier and event sponsor Killerspin.
Alongside the players, guests and kids participated in table tennis challenges, had their photo moments and enjoyed give-aways all while experiencing the breathtaking views from one of NYC’s most coveted rooftop, private venues — The Penthouse Suite at The Tuscany, A St Giles Signature Hotel. From its 360 degree terraces, which offer extraordinary views of the city and landmark skyscrapers like The Empire State Building and The Chrysler Building, fans met face-to-face with some of tennis’s tallest skyscrapers themselves.
St Giles Hotels and its signature New York City property – The Tuscany – will continue expanding its Hotels with Heart initiative in the coming weeks with another event during New York Fashion Week to launch a new creative collaboration and raise money for local arts and art education.
The Hotels with Heart charity and initiative was born out of a desire to breathe a deeper soul and meaning into The St Giles Hotels group and its team. With hotels in major cities around the world, we impact the societies and communities around us every day, through the interactions that we have with our neighbours, the guests we greet, the jobs we provide, but also the resources of the city that we use. The Hotels with Heart initiative lies at the core of the St Giles culture and values which poses the question – what can we do to positively impact those less fortunate than us. It seeks to find ways for the brand to become involved in our local communities; to impact causes that matter to our teams and our guests who become our extended family and to give the individual hotels a soul, a face, a heart. St Giles is constantly looking to give opportunities to those who have a passion for hospitality, to teach them, to foster the hoteliers of the future and to build a stronger internal hotel team. Find out more at www.stgiles.com/hotels-with-a-heart.
The mission of New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court. For 45 years, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis and education. Today, it’s the largest nonprofit youth tennis and education program in the nation, serving 75,000 K-12 NYC youth. NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, serving youth from all five boroughs. All NYJTL community and afterschool programs are offered at no cost to the participants. With 45 years of continuous service, NYJTL has: provided 3,000,000 hours of year-round programs in tennis, academics, healthy living and character development for NYC youth; provided 500,000 hours of free community tennis in 100% of NYC council districts; reached 75,000 kids through tennis training for PE instructors in all 5 boroughs; and, mentored 10,000 children annually by 400 dedicated NYJTL staff. Find out more at www.nyjtl.org.