| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Local tennis players are encouraged to start cleaning out their closets and removing unused and unwanted tennis clothing. Beginning on Jan. 15, the USTA Eastern Long Island Region will be collecting new and gently used tennis clothing to help athletes in need.

The new community service initiative will take place for one month, and all club members and member organizations are urged to help. Most Nassau and Suffolk tennis clubs will be setting up on-site locations to will be collecting donations of new and gently used tennis clothing to be given to tennis players in need. All donations will be given to tennis players from the Shinnecock Indian Nation and the Community School in Westbury operated by United Way of Long Island.

Any gently used tennis attire for men, women and kids, in all sizes, is welcomed, as is new clothing. The following clubs will be setting up collection sites:

Nassau County
►Bethpage State Park Tennis Center in Farmingdale

►Boys & Girls Club of Oyster Bay in East Norwich

►Carefree Racquet Club in Merrick

►Glen Head Racquet in Glen Head

►Hempstead Lake Indoor Tennis in West Hempstead

►Hicksville Community Tennis in Hicksville

►Jericho Westbury Indoor Tennis in Jericho

►Long Beach Tennis Center in Long Beach

►Point Set Racquet Club in Oceanside

►Port Washington Tennis Academy in Port Washington

►Robbie Wagner Tennis Center in Glen Cove

►Rockville Racquet in Rockville Centre

►Sportime Lynbrook

►Sportime Massapequa; and

►Top Spin Tennis & Fitness in Syosset

Suffolk County
►Deer Park Tennis

►Eastern Athletic @ Blue Point

►Eastern Athletic @ Dix Hills in Huntington

►Eastern Athletic @ Melville

►Huntington Indoor in Huntington Station

►Sportime Kings Park

►Setauket Tennis & Fitness in East Setauket; and

►World Gym Setauket in East Setauket.

Those with questions about where to drop off their tennis clothing or who want to help collect, sort and distribute the donations can contact Ronni Klein, Region Clothing Donations Coordinator, at ustaonlongisland@gmail.com.