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Tickets Available for GOLD BALLS Premiere

October 17, 2016 03:15 PM

Tickets are now available for the Long Island premiere of “Gold Balls,” which will make its debut on Saturday, November 12th at 5:00 pm as part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival and sponsored by the USTA Long Island Region. The film will be presented at the Manhasset Bow Tie Cinemas, 433 Plandome Road, Manhasset

A quirky and charming feature-length documentary that inspires the average athlete in all of us while offering unique insight into the lives of several elite tennis athletes—who just happen to be over age 80. Over the course of one championship season, the film follows several players competing for the ‘gold ball’ trophy awarded to National Champions in tennis. Characters include a former Big 10- basketball coach, a retired litigator, an aging comedian, and the founder of "Black Tennis Magazine." As we witness the routines of these creaky warriors, we are reminded that sometimes just getting to the courts is half the battle. But after the first serve, we forget that most of these competitors retired from their careers 30 years prior and we realize they're driven by the same motivations and concerns as athletes a quarter of their age. A film to inspire viewers of every age to reset what we think about ‘old age’ and whom we consider champions.

Tickets for the Gold Balls premiere can be purchased by clicking here.  Tickets are $15 / $13 (seniors & students).  The premiere includes a Q&A panel discussion following the film with Director/Producer Kate Keckler Dandel as well as two senior USTA League players from Long Island, Leslie Wecksler and Pat Molloy.

Leslie, an adjunct professor at Molloy College in Spanish Education for 12 years and a retired Spanish teacher/department chairperson/summer school principal from Baldwin High School, also taught Spanish at Jerusalem Ave Junior High School in North Bellmore for eight years. When she isn't teaching or tutoring, she loves to play tennis, pickle ball and mah jongg and to travel and read. Leslie and her tennis team have been to USTA League Nationals in Arizona three times in the past and were the National Champions in 2012. Her 7.0 65 team is off to the Nationals again in May 2017 after just winning at Eastern Sectionals in Ardsley, N.Y.

Patricia is a retired elementary school principal whose career spanned 36 years. After 18 years as a special education teacher, she became a staff developer and then an administrator. Pat’s days are filled with tennis, reading, book club, gym workouts, mah jongg, travel and hiking. She and her teammates have been to USTA League Nationals three times and won the National Championship in 2011. In September, her 65 team won the Eastern Sectionals in Ardsley, N.Y.; they will be competing at Nationals in Arizona in May 2017.


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