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Long Island Rallies for a Cure

October 11, 2016 10:36 AM

USTA Long Island Region members including tennis clubs and high school teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties focused on increasing breast cancer awareness in September and October while also raising funds for breast cancer research.

Some of the events and programs included:

*Eastern Athletic Club at Blue Point hosted a "Rally for Hope."  Eleven club members along with Tennis Coordinator Kristin Gibb and two of the club’s pros, Gary Guadio and Akiko Tohmatsu, played rotation doubles.   The event raised over $600 for breast cancer research through Rally for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Organization.

*Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick held a "Play for Pink" event, raising money for Susan G. Komen, Rally for the Cure.

*Suffolk County HS tennis players competed in a "Play for Pink” event, raising more than $800 for breast cancer research. Girls from 10 county high schools participated in the event at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack and coordinated by the Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association. Participating schools were: Commack, Center Moriches, East Islip, Harborfields, Islip, Middle Country, Sayville, Smithtown East, Ward Melville and William Floyd. Winners were Sarah Bunk and Hannah Niggemeier of Sayville High School, while finalists were Ward Melville’s Brooke Fernandez and Hailey Loughlin. 

*Commack HS, led by Coach Jackie Clark, held its annual "Tennis with the Teachers Fundraiser," raising money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

*In West Babylon, led by Coach Keith Houghtaling, the girls HS tennis tram raised money for the Susan J. Komen Foundation and wore pink at a match against Sayville.

*The South Side HS Girls Varsity tennis team led by Coach Chris Colesanti hosted its 3rd annual student-faculty tennis tournament fundraiser for breast cancer research. The girls and their teacher partners raised over $750.

*Port Washington HS, led by Coach Shane Helfner, held its annual Breast Cancer Awareness teacher-student tennis torunament. The event raised over $1,100 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

*In Nassau County, several girls’ high school tennis teams wore pink in October for breast cancer awareness. They were: Massapequa (Coach Mike Pavlides), Farmingdale (Coach George Golden), Herricks (Coach Joy Solomon), Jericho (Coach Colleen O'Connell), North Shore (Coach Brian Kline),  Baldwin (Coach Lauren Jarmel), Manhasset (Coach Eileen Cuneo), Friends Academy (Coach Gino Uterano), Syosset (Coach Shai Fisher), Oceanside (Coach Jamie Connolly), Hewlett (Coach Abby Samlin) and MacArthur (Coach Phil Mackmer.

Click here to see photos from these events.