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Just One More Child

March 10, 2009 12:38 PM

Just One More Child

I am ecstatic that we have been given the opportunity to participate and give back through the game of tennis. Mark Brent, Manager of Sportime in the Hamptons

I can’t tell you what a difference this program makes in the life of the children at Little Flower. John Holmes, Director of Residential Treatment Center of Little Flower

 

The United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Eastern Long Island Region is making a difference this summer through free tennis clinics and camp experiences for deserving children on Long Island. Through the drive known as the Just One More Child Campaign, and with the cooperation of participating tennis and fitness clubs in Eastern Suffolk County, needy children are given the opportunity to learn the game of tennis as well as spend some time just having fun and being a kid.

The Campaign’s mission is to join with clubs and offer children without the financial means the chance to experience a week of tennis and other fun activities. This campaign was started two summers ago with a few children being placed for summer tennis camps and has since more than quadrupled its participation. “The Just One More Child Campaign is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child, plus feel good, while trying to expand the game of tennis across Long Island,” stated Marlene Beckenstein, Vice-President of the USTA/Eastern Long Island Region.

Two of the Suffolk tennis clubs that are participating this summer have been forerunners and partners in the program since its inception in 2004. Setauket Tennis & Fitness in Setauket offers multiple weeks of tennis fun to needy children. “We look forward each year to welcoming new children into our tennis program through the Just One More Child Campaign. The children have been a delight to work with,” said Spencer Edelbaum, owner and club director for Setauket Tennis & Fitness. Setauket Tennis & Fitness is partnering with Derek Jackson, founder of the Central Islip Community Tennis Association, to offer tennis camp to one different child per week for its 9 week summer session. Marge Carney, Program Director for Central Islip said, “The program means a lot to children in the community who cannot afford to take tennis lessons. Each summer the children look forward to being chosen to participate in the “Just One More Child” program and return from the program very excited about tennis and much better tennis players.”

Mark Brent, Manager of Sportime in the Hamptons, located in Quogue stated, “This is what it is all about and I am ecstatic that we have been given the opportunity to participate and give back through the game of tennis.” Sportime in the Hamptons is working with children from Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York in Wading River and offering a free tennis and camp experience to a different child for each week that the camp is in session. John Holmes, Director of Residential Treatment Center of Little Flower said, “I can’t tell you what a difference this program makes in the life of the children at Little Flower. We are so grateful to the USTA Eastern Long Island Region and the participating clubs for their kindness and generosity toward the children.”

 

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