Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
On July 22, the USTA Eastern section and the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums collaborated on a program called Healthy Nassau Quick Start Tennis Day 2009. The program was open to the public and was free of cost to participants. Eight parks in Nassau County participated: Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, Cantiague Park, Centennial Park, Cow Meadow Park, Eisenhower Park, Nickerson Beach Park, North Woodmere Park, and Wantagh Park.
The intention of the program was to provide children with a quick way to learn to play tennis. Bill Mecca from the USTA coordinated tennis professionals from the USTA and the USPTA who volunteered their time to make the program a success.
Roslyn residents Zachary and Paige Mintz, co-founders of Tennis Racquets for Kids, Inc. donated over 150 tennis racquets to children at all of the eight parks involved. They were stationed at Centennial Park in Roosevelt. In addition to donating racquets, they ran instructional drills for all of the children who attended. Many of the children who attended the Centennial Park location were from local childcare centers, summer camps, as well as the Long Island Youth Foundation. Ms. Emily Moore of the Alliance Junior Tennis Camp has invited Zachary and Paige to return to Roosevelt this summer to do additional instructional drills with her students.
Tennis Racquets for Kids, Inc. has collection receptacles for used tennis racquets at many tennis facilities throughout Long Island. The goal of the organization is to recycle used tennis racquets and then donate them to children who need them. Please visit www.tennisracquetsforkids.org. to find out more information.