| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

This year, tennis was a priority for the county and the USTA Eastern Section and the Long Island Region were there to help. In May, the unique event "Love on Long Island”—a day of free lessons for all Nassau residents was held at Eisenhower Park, with more than 140 adults and juniors taking part. Then, thanks to the generosity of Long Island’s tennis players and clubs, more than three dozen used racquets and 100 used balls were donated to the County’s new day camps.

In July, a Kids Day was held at Tully Park in New Hyde Park where nearly 300 children from camps, Community Tennis Organizations and NJTLs learned about QuickStart tennis.

Then, in collaboration with other organizations and Karen Beckhard Ravener from the Nassau County Department of Recreation, the annual QuickStart Tennis Blitz in the Park was held at eight Nassau County parks. This event provided free lessons to 700-plus children and a few adults. This effort, co-sponsored by the County, the USTA Eastern Section/Long Island Region and the United States Professional Tennis Association, utilized 30 Eastern staffers, volunteers and pros to bring lessons to more than 700 children.

At the ceremony, Bill noted that Long Island was particularly fortunate to have such a dedicated core of volunteers that work unselfishly to make tennis happen on Long Island. Next year, we’d like to bring the same level of tennis events to Suffolk County.