| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Bill Mecca, tennis service representative from the USTA/Eastern-Long Island Region, recently presented gently used racquets and balls to Jarred Kershaw, coach of Roosevelt High School's Boys and Girls Tennis Teams for distribution to his players.

According to Mecca, the contribution of used racquets has been outstanding.

"Our goal is to provide every child who wants to play with his or her own racquet and a supply of balls so that they can play whenever they want—at a park, a school or just hit against a wall," said Mecca. "Most people start playing tennis in a public park and by making the equipment available and this grassroots effort will help insure the future growth of tennis."

Thanks to the generosity of the Long Island tennis community, almost 500 racquets and thousands of tennis balls have been given to Long Island’s school teams and non-profits so that children can enjoy the many benefits of tennis—the sport for a lifetime.