John McEnroe Tennis Academy
  | By Steve Haar

In a departure from previous years and an acknowledgement of the popularity of the Rally Day format, this year will see both a Suffolk County and a Nassau County Rally Day event. 

++Suffolk County’s Rally Day will take place on Friday, July 17 at Casamento Park in East Islip, N.Y. from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
++Nassau County’s Rally Day will take place Friday August 14th at Tully Park in New Hyde Park, N.Y. from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The hosts for the two events will be Nancy Howland, the Town of Islip, recreation program coordinator for the Suffolk Rally Day and Bill Mecca, Long Island Tennis Associates president, for the Nassau Rally Day.
Rally Day affords youths belonging to approved National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) chapters, Community Tennis Associations (CTAs), and boys and girls clubs the opportunity to have an active and fun tennis day at a local park. For kids 10 and under, a QuickStart program with games and other activities will be provided. For older children, team formats like Rally Ball, intergroup matches and a "carnival" will be held. Volunteers will supervise all activities.
Lunch will be provided for all attendees and every child will go home with a prize, a new t-shirt, and hopefully, a big smile. Approximately 200 children are expected for each day, so volunteers are needed. If you can spare some time on those days and want to have some fun, please contact Steve Haar by e-mail at or Terry Fontana by e-mail at If you would like to be a corporate sponsor for some of the items we will need, including water, pizza, balloons, tables, chairs, music, ball hoppers, etc., please contact Terry or myself. We can use your assistance.


Steve Haar

<p>Steven Haar is a member of the United States Tennis Association/Long Island Region Board and PTR teaching professional. He may be reached by e-mail at</p>