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Kids Serving Kids to Collect Gently Used Equipment At USTA LI Region Awards Dinner

Attendees are encouraged to bring all their unused tennis gear to the event, where Kids Serving Kids Long Island Chapter founder Matt Holweger will be receiving the Junior Volunteer of the Year Award for his efforts to launch the organization. Matt, a senior at Manhasset High School, and other volunteers provide free tennis clinics to at-risk children ages 5-13 on Long Island.

The group’s inaugural program was a free tennis clinic in 2014 at the Manhasset Equal Opportunity Center Summer Program. This program served 95 at-risk children ages 5-13, with Kids Serving Kids providing tennis instruction, drills and games twice a week for six weeks. The group also donated rackets, nets, balls, ball hoppers and sport cones to the program. Plans are underway to continue the Manhasset summer tennis program in 2015 as well as to launch a new program at the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club.

“We are Manhasset High School and USTA tennis players looking to spread the joy of tennis to children in need on Long Island,” Matt says. “Our goal is to provide local children with the ability to experience and benefit from the skills learned through the game of tennis. By collecting and recycling gently used tennis rackets, we can provide the tools needed on a cost free basis.”

The LI Region Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. For information on attending the dinner, please visit www.longisland.usta.com or email ustaonlongisland@gmail.com. A collection bin for Kids Serving Kids will be set up throughout the evening.

For more information on Kids Serving Kids Long Island, please contact longislandKSK@gmail.com.