Founder of New York City tennis program honored

“GMA” sponsor the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation celebrates Lorraine Alexander, who started the Co-Op City Tennis program to bring the game to an underserved community.
3:11 | 12/01/20

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It's national day of giving. Lara has a story involving her favorite sport which I can say she's very good at and involves uplifting children. Good morning again, Lara. Hi, Michael. Research shows that kids who play sports feel better in school and they are more likely to go to college. This segment is sponsored by the dick's sporting goods foundation. And today they are honking a woman who is committed to giving the gift of sports to her underserved community. Take a look. For Lorraine Tennessee nis has been a lifelong passion. I remember when I was younger I had seen alfie Ya Gibson on television and all my neighbors were excited this black woman was playing at wimbledon. Reporter: She and her husband were avid players. They started the co-op city tennis program in the heart of bronx, New York, more than 40 years ago. The children came out here and hung with us all day into the night. The parents didn't have to worry where their children were. They were here in a safe environment playing tennis. Reporter: For Lorraine it's about building good citizens and emphasizing the importance of education. It has been so humbling and rewarding to make a difference in their lives. She's like a grandma to me. She's like family. So like without this program, I think I'd have a lot more trouble talking to people and everything so this is very important for my mental health. Hearing of her work our sponsor, the dick's sporting goods foundation wanted to honor Lorraine through it's sports matter program. Co-op city tennis one example of the thousands of grants we give to underresourced kids so they can play sports. It's because we know that sports help kids succeed. Kids who play sports do better in school and are more likely to go to college. Reporter: And this holiday season, dick's is taking the show on the road with sports matter giving truck going on an eight-city tour to present gifts to 10,000 kids across the country. And the co-op city tennis program is the first stop. Oh, my gosh. Let's go. Reporter: Lorraine's students receiving new sneakers, racks, backpacks and jump ropes. There was a bigger surprise. We are honored to commit $100,000. To ensure that co-op city can continue to benefit for years to come. Oh, my god. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It's wonderful. 100,000, oh, my god. Reporter: With this added boosaine has no plans to slow down. I'm here for them. As long as they need me, I will be here. Ah, thank you, Lorraine. And for more information on the foundation's amazing work, just go to "Gma's" Instagram story. We'll be right back on "Gma."

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