Donate for the Love of the Game!
  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Tennis is a game which brings people together. However, there are many children who will never have the opportunity to play the game due to limited economic resources. Zachary Mintz and his twin sister, Paige, two high school sophomores, founded Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc. Both Paige and Zachary are avid tennis players and compete in many United States Tennis Association local and national junior tournaments. Over the last several years, they have accumulated a number of racquets that they had outgrown and were taking up space in their garage. They realized that these racquets were in very good condition and could provide a wonderful opportunity for children who could not afford to buy tennis racquets. In addition, they thought that other players would also have extra racquets lying around with no purpose. This concept became the inspiration for the creation of Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc., a non profit tennis charity that collects racquets that are no longer being used and redistributes them to children or organizations that need them. What a great way to help others and at the same time, be kind to the environment by recycling!

The organization has already helped start an afterschool tennis program in Florida. Plans are in the works with various organizations to support spring tennis clinics and school programs.
Zachary and Paige designed the Web site, www.tennisracquetsforkids.org, which includes information about the organization, how to donate racquets, and an informative blog.
The concept has grown in the community with donations of racquets received from individuals, religious groups and tennis centers. Unfortunately, there are more requests for racquets than inventory and your help is needed. Every player has multiple racquets and as the player grows or the racquet is no longer suitable or fashionable, a new opportunity is born. Donate that racquet and help someone experience the enjoyment of the game.
Currently, there are collection boxes at The Alley Pond Tennis Center in Queens Village, N.Y. and Westhampton Beach Tennis and Sport in Westhampton, N.Y. Other collection sites are being set up. Racquets may also be dropped off or sent to:
 
Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc.
c/o Dr. Guy Mintz
287 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck, New York 11021
 
For more information, e-mail racquetsforkids@optonline.net or visit www.tennisracquetsforkids.org.