| By Trevor Mitchel

As part of Long Island Tennis Magazine’s 2015 Summer Series, kids and parents gathered at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y. on June 14 for the 2nd Annual Long Tennis Magazine KidsFest.

The event provided kids with a day of fun-filled activities, both on and off the court, to enjoy their tennis experience, which, for some, was their first. Long Island Tennis Magazine put together tennis clinics for all ages, outdoor carnival games, a dance competition, a very popular dunk tank, face-painting, and an array of prizes. Food and drink were supplied by Engineers Country Club.

With parents surrounding the courts and taking in the action, more than 100 kids of all ages and skill took to the outdoor courts of Engineers CC to receive lessons and clinics given by top tennis pros from Sportime Roslyn. The pros worked with the kids, fully engaging with them, while supplying the necessary insights on the basics of the game. Sportime’s pros spread the kids out by skill level and worked with them on strokes, while also supplying a Hit for Prizes Court.

“My son is having a fabulous time with the dunk tank and he keeps trying to get the girl in the water, and now, we are going to play a little tennis and get some prizes.” said Joanna Cepler, one of the parents.

There was something for everyone at KidsFest, as DJ Curtis McCalla kept everybody entertained with music, dancing and prizes.

“DJ Curtis kept the party going all afternoon … it was a great day." said Nancy Krosser.

For those who wanted to take a break from the tennis courts, lawn games such as horse shoes, corn hole and ring-toss were a perfect way to get out of the sun and relax.

“I love KidsFest,” said Randy Thompson. “It’s a terrific event as the kids are active, they love the dunk tank, and they love the tennis play, and have a chance at lots of prizes which keeps them motivated.”

The biggest hit of the afternoon off the court was the dunk tank, which kept everybody entertained as staffers from both Long Island Tennis Magazine and Engineers CC continuously dropped into the water as kids hit the bull’s-eye and enjoyed their accuracy.

"These prizes are awesome … I'm having so much fun," said seven-year-old Cooper Gold as he ran by with his tennis racket in hand and a smile on his face.

Emilie Katz and the staff of Engineers Country Club were fantastic in helping to set up the event, collaborating with Long Island Tennis Magazine to get details in order, working on-court with the kids, and making sure the event ran smoothly. The Engineers staff was extremely attentive to all of the attendees who came in for the day.

Engineers Country Club member Rob Greenberg, whose son Maddon took part in the event, said, "KidsFest was a fun and exciting way to get my son talking about playing tennis while at home. The instructors did a great job of getting every child involved and boosting their confidence regardless of skill level. Maddon is already excited for next year’s event."

KidsFest was the second part of the eight-part Summer Series hosted by Long Island and New York Tennis Magazines, and served as a great way to get face-to-face with the publication’s readership and be on the court with them. These events continue to grow grassroots tennis in the area and further enhances the magazine's relationships within the tennis community.

Lani and Ally Miller enjoyed their time at KidsFest. On their way, out carrying bags of prizes, they were asked how they liked the event with Ally saying, "It was awesome" and Lani just gave a big smile and a thumbs up.

As she was leaving, another child yelled out, “I have too many prizes! I can’t hold them all!"

Long Island Tennis Magazine will return to Engineers Country Club for another segment of its Summer Series, The Long Island Tennis Challenge on Saturday, July 11. Don't miss out!









Trevor Mitchel

<p>Trevor Mitchel is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine.</p>