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USTA Hosts Tennis Demos in Mineola Schools

June 16, 2017 01:01 PM

The USTA Eastern Long Island Region recently hosted two free introductory tennis programs in the Mineola schools.

Elementary school children at the Jackson Avenue School enjoyed two days of tennis programming, with nearly 200 4th graders picking up a racquet, many for the first time.  Phys Ed teacher Bill DeGennaro coordinated this event along with volunteers Joe Arias, Fabiana Rezak and Nicole Rezak.  USTA Eastern provided both a free equipment package and curriculum, which will allow DeGennaro to incorporate tennis as part of his gym class this fall.  “We hope to expand the program throughout the school district since Mineola currently does not offer tennis,” said Neil Thakur, USTA Eastern Tennis Service Representative.  “Many teachers and administrators came to observe and were very impressed. Most of all, the kids enjoyed themselves!

A second free program took place at the Kornreich Early Learning Center, where Ms. Divya Navrekar’s Pre-K Class enjoyed a free tennis demonstration. Volunteers Joe Arias and Nicole Rezak ran this program.

For information on bringing tennis to your local school, please contact Neil Thakur at thakur@eastern.usta.com.