February 27, 2012

The Honourable Dwight Evans

State Representative
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Honourary Co-Chair

ICAS Liberty Tennis Classic Invitational Spring
April 14 2012
Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center (AAYTE)

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that The Honourable Dwight Evans (State Representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) has been named, effective immediately, Honourary Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the ICAS Liberty Tennis Classic Invitational Spring which is slated to be held on April 14 2012 at AAYTE Center in Philadelphia.

Dwight Evans is one of the most well respected legislators serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly today. Dwight began his career in the House in 1980 when he was elected to represent the people of the 203rd legislative district. Dwight served as Democratic Chairman of the Appropriations Committee from 1990 - 2010. He has earned a national reputation for his work to deliver quality food in underserved communities; his commitment to education; and his efforts to stop handgun violence, all part of his broader strategy to spur economic development.

Dwight is the catalyst behind the Pennsylvania’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI), which First Lady Michelle Obama has cited as part of her "Let’s Move" campaign to combat childhood obesity. He is fiercely passionate about funding for education. At the same time, Dwight believes schools should meet stringent standards. As such, he supports choice for parents and he authored the state’s Charter School law.

Dwight is native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Germantown High School, Community College of Philadelphia and LaSalle University. He received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln University. Dwight is on the boards of Fox Chase Cancer Center, Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, Concerned Black Men and the Black Alliance for Educational Options and is a former member of the National Governing Assessment Board.

The ICAS Tennis Programs are guided by the ICAS Tennis Board and whose members include Jim Delaney, Kenny Holdsman, Erlan Idrissov, Chi Wan Kim, Kuni Matsuda and Stan Smith. Mark Ein (Chairman and President, the Washington Kastles Tennis Team;) also serves on the Board.

The ICAS Liberty Tennis Classic Invitational is administered by Commissioner Chi Wan Kim and it is part of the ICAS Tennis Education programmes under the aegis of the ICAS Youth Academy.

"Invest in Youth Development" is the mission.

Thank you.