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Tennis Fundraisers

November 6, 2017 03:11 PM

Tennis players on Long Island love to play their favorite sport while helping others. Several local groups recently coordinated tennis fundraisers to support charitable initiatives including breast cancer research and juvenile diabetetes.

At Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick, club members participated in the Fight Against Diabetes, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in support of one of the club’s junior tennis players. Carefree donated five courts for two hours, and seven of the club’s pros donated their time to run a junior clinic for the 20 kids who came to support the event. This event raised $537, according to club pro Ben Marks.

Port Washington High School’s girls tennis players held a breast cancer charity event tournament called “Play with the Teachers.” According to Varsity Coach Shane Helfner, “every girl asked a teacher from the district to form a doubles team and we got donations from the community to hold a raffle. We raised $566 which we will donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! There is no better way to bring the tennis program, school, and community together for a great cause while having fun!”

Commack High School held its annual Varsity Tennis With The Teachers Find a Cure Tournament, raising money for breast cancer research. “Thanks to all of our incredible educators for playing and to all who contributed,” said Coach Jackie Clark.

If your tennis club or team is running a charity event or fundraiser, please let us know! The USTA LI Region can help you publicize it beforehand and afterwards. Before the event, send us the details including date, time, location and who will be benefitting, and afterwards, send us pictures of your members or teammates having fun playing tennis while supporting a great cause! Information and photos can be emailed to ustaonlongisland@gmail.com