The SCTCA (Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association) ran a very successful charity event titled “Play for Autism” at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, N.Y. The event was a round-robin doubles tournament for all Suffolk County school tennis players, as 20 doubles teams participated and everyone had a great time!
"The Suffolk County Tennis Coaches Association is teaching their young players the importance of giving back to the community and the impact each participant made by playing in today's event,” said Shane Helfner, president of the SCTCA and Commack High School tennis coach). “While we always try to be as competitive on the court as possible, everyone who played today left a winner! Suffolk County tennis should be very proud!"
All the money raised on the day went toward autism awareness, and this year, $605 was donated to the NSSA (Nassau Suffolk School for Autism). Special thanks to Bruce Moodnik, head tennis pro at The Hamlet, for letting SCTCA use the facility. Also, special thanks to Bob Davis, Harborfields varsity tennis coach; Seth Novick, Walt Whitman High School varsity tennis coach; and Rob Raeihle, Commack junior varsity tennis coach, for volunteering their time to run the event.
Participants in the Play for Autism event gather for a group photo
SCTCA President and Commack High School Tennis Coach Shane Helfner with Hamlet Head Tennis Pro Bruce Moodnik
The first place team of Cory Seltman & Nick Fox from Commack High School with the second place team of Kol Seidman & Michael Molitor from Patchogue-Medford High School