| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

USTA Long Island and its Tennis Service Representative Neil Thakur continued its mission to grow tennis within the community, hosting free events to give kids a chance to play tennis; many of whom are playing for the first time.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, they brought together nearly 200 fourth graders from the Jackson Avenue School in Mineola to play tennis. Physical Education teacher Bill DeGennaro coordinated the event and volunteers like Joe Arias, Fabiana Rezak and Nicole Rezak  conducted demos and drills over the course of the two-day program.

DeGennaro received USTA Long Island’s free equipment package and curriculum and he will be adding tennis to his gym class this coming fall, and USTA LI hopes to expand the program throughout the Mineola school district.

Also on Tuesday, the volunteers conducted a free demo for the Pre-K class at the Kornreich Early Learning Center in Mineola.

Visit www.longisland.usta.com to learn how you can have tennis brought into your school or program.