| By Danny Burgess

After a busy fall/winter season, holidays that included lots of shopping, numerous festive parties that may be followed by shovels filled with snow … you will also find your local USTA/Eastern Region board members gearing up for another action packed year of tennis events.

This core group of hard-working volunteers with a common love for the sport of tennis has reaffirmed their commitment to the growth of tennis on Long Island. Each board member has specific oversight responsibilities, including the areas of umpiring, adult leagues, scholastic tennis, junior rankings, tournaments, professional coaching and Community Tennis Associations, special populations, events planning, rally day, junior team tennis, QuickStart and corporate tennis challenge outings.

If you have not noticed, there is lots of tennis being played on Long Island, and if you are not a part of this tennis bonanza, you are missing out on the camaraderie, meeting new friends and mostly missing out on experiencing the sport for a lifetime, that some sport medical experts believe to be the perfect vehicle for a health conscious community.

The USTA Long Island Region board would like to thank our Immediate Past President Scott Axler for his mentoring, dedication and commitment to excellence. During his tenure, we had a record-setting year for events, such as our annual awards dinner, rally day, junior team tennis and QuickStart workshops, league play and junior tournaments.

Scott’s uncanny ability to bring tennis club owners together in order to foment a cooperative setting was a major reason for growth in the region.

“SuperScott,” the Long Island Regional Board salutes you and thanks you for years of service to the Long Island tennis community.

As the Long Island Region incoming president, I feel confident that with the collaboration of Vice President Mike Pavlides, Secretary-Treasurer Craig Fligstein and the experienced dedicated Long Island Board Chairs, we will be able to follow Scott’s roadmap to continued growth and success.

This success can only be accomplished with continued dialogue between YOU, the Long Island tennis communities and your regional board. We welcome your input. Please tell us how we can be a better service provider, and what your immediate needs are.

Danny Burgess

<p>Daniel Burgess may be reached by e-mail at <a href="mailto:amertwist@aim.com">amertwist@aim.com</a>.</p>