The Commack Varsity girls’ tennis team hosted its annual Play for Pink Tennis with Teachers event on Tuesday afternoon at Commack High School, bringing together the team’s tennis players with the school’s teachers, for a fun afternoon of tennis while also raising money for the Play for the P.I.N.K Breast Cancer Research Fund.
“Every year the varsity girls have done this event, and it is something we start thinking about right when the season starts,” said Commack head coach Jackie Clark. “We began working on the event back in August, and the kids love being able to play with their teachers and seeing them in this type of environment. We have some teachers who are playing for the first time, and we all look forward to doing this event at the end of the year. It is a giant exclamation point to wrap up our season.”
The event pairs up a Commack tennis player with a teacher from the school, and is a great way for the students and teachers to interact outside of the classroom, while also raising money for a worthy cause.
“I think the event is a lot of fun for us and the teachers, and we always raise a lot of money,” said junior Lauren Katz. “It is a lot of fun to decorate the courts and see everyone come out for tennis, and is some of the most support we get for tennis all season. I chose to play with my geometry teacher. I taught her how to play and we had a lot of fun together.”
In all, the Commack team and the event raised over $800 for breast cancer research, and Kimberly Liao and global history teacher Joe Zaidinski won the tournament.