Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a USTA Community Tennis Association (CTA), has been providing underserved youth in West Islip, Brentwood, Bay Shore and Central Islip, N.Y. with tennis lessons for over four years. The mission of YES is to provide youth and their families with a safe and healthy environment to foster a higher quality of life, and they have chosen tennis as a catalyst to accomplish that mission.
The training is provided by Joe Arias, president of the Suffolk County Tennis and Education Foundation (SCTEF) and takes place in parking lots and cafeterias with modified racquets and balls. SCTEF also contributed prizes and giveaways.
In the photo above, youngsters who have been training in the Brentwood and Bay Shore middle school mentoring program from November through April take part in the culminating event, the YES Tennis Challenge, a team match between four Brentwood and Bay Shore middle schools. Each participant was given a refurbished racquet thanks the generosity of many Long Islanders and to Bill Mecca the USTA Long Island Tennis Service Representative; Grace Molino, a junior at Ward Melville High School; and Grand Slam Tennis store in Commack, N.Y.