| By Bill Mecca

Nassau County Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez presented Bill Mecca, USTA Eastern Section’s Long Island representative, with a Citation of Appreciation for working to make Nassau County a healthier place to live.
Over the last few years Mr. Mecca and Karen Beckhard-Ravener of the Nassau County Parks and Recreation Department, along with the United States Professional Tennis Association, have organized and implemented a QuickStart Tennis Blitz in the Park program which provides free tennis lessons in Nassau County’s parks. This year, more than 1,100 youngsters and adults in eight County parks received instruction and encouragement from more than 60 USTA staffers, tennis pros and other volunteers.

Joining in on the event this year was Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc., an organization started by Paige and Zachary Mintz, high school students from Roslyn, N.Y. who collect new and used racquets for distribution to the needy. These two high school juniors not only helped instruct the children, but gave away 150 donated racquets to their students. If you have any tennis racquets to donate to Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc., please visit www.tennisracquetsforkids.org.

If anyone would like to volunteer to be part of the 2010 QuickStart Blitz in the Park program or any of the many Long Island tennis events where volunteers are needed, please e-mail mecca@eastern.usta.com.

 

 

Nassau County Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez (center) presents Zachary Mintz (left) and Paige Mintz (right) with a Citation of Appreciation for their work on behalf of Tennis Racquets for Kids Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nassau County Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez presents Bill Mecca, USTA Eastern Section’s Long Island representative, with a Citation of Appreciation
 

 

Bill Mecca

<p>Bill Mecca is the Tennis Service Representative on Long Island for the USTA Eastern Section. He may be reached by e-mail at mecca@eastern.usta.com.</p>