The USTA Eastern Long Island Region will be out in force on Sunday, April 29 helping to make the 7th Annual Robbie’s Run in Merrick a success, and local tennis enthusiasts are urged to participate. Robbie’s Run is a 5K road race created in 2005 following the tragic death of nine-year-old Robbie Levine on the Little League Field.
This year’s event takes place at the Norman J. Levy-Lakeside Elementary School on Babylon Road in Merrick, N.Y. The day’s activities include a kids’ Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., a one-mile Mini Run at 8:50 a.m. and the 5K Race at 9:15 a.m. In addition, numerous kids’ activities and entertainment will take place throughout the morning.
Each year, thousands of people attend the Robbie’s Run to show their support for the goals of Forever 9-The Robbie Levine Foundation, which are to educate the public about the need for automated external defibrillators (AED) and to ensure that these life-saving devices are available and accessible at every youth sporting event.
The USTA Long Island Region will be setting up two child-sized tennis courts at the Run and offering lessons to children. Local pros will be donating their time to staff the courts. Kids will learn the basics of tennis using the USTA 10-and-under format’s smaller courts and racquets and softer balls. They will also be able to sign up for a free one-year USTA child membership.
“The Robbie Levine Foundation has a very important mission in making sure that AEDs are available at all sporting events and venues to save lives,” said Daniel Burgess, president of the USTA Eastern Long Island Region. “The Foundation has worked with the Long Island Region to coordinate AED/CPR training sessions for our members and clubs, and even donated an AED to Long Beach Tennis Center. We are pleased to be able to give back to Forever 9 by bringing kids’ tennis lessons to the Robbie’s Run. In addition, we encourage all Long Island tennis players to join us at the Lakeside School on Sunday morning."
For more information on the Robbie’s Run and to sign up to run, please visit www.robbielevinefoundation.org.