| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

USTA Long Island and Long Island Tennis Magazine hosted its annual Nassau County and Suffolk County Kids Days, bringing together hundreds of kids from across Long Island for days of tennis and fun.  

“Thanks to Long Island Tennis Magazine, Randi Wilkins, Terry Fontana and all the staff and volunteers for organizing fun events that exposed so many kids to tennis,” said Neil Thakur, Long Island’s Tennis Service Representative for USTA Eastern. “USTA Eastern is always glad to support such events and will continue to work in the community to grow the game.”

More than 175 kids were in attendance for the Nassau County event, including groups from Circulo de la Hispanidad in Long Beach and the Alliance Tennis and AMC Child Care in Roosevelt.

“Nassau County Kids Day was a terrific day of tennis, fun and new friends,” said Terry Fontana, USTA Long Island Region Nassau County Kids’ Day Chair. “The kids who attended—coming from as far as Long Beach and Roosevelt—had a wonderful time learning to play tennis, enjoying the carnival games, face painting and pizza lunch, as well as dancing on the court to tunes from DJ CM.”

For many of the kids, it was their first time playing tennis or even picking up a racket, and the Kids Day served as a great introduction to the sport, presenting it in a fun and friendly environment.

“I really miss tennis because I haven’t played in so long,” said a young girl named Sofia. “When I played today it was really fun. I won some prizes and it felt good to be playing again.”

Student volunteers from the Hicksville Community Tennis Association and Ward Melville High School helped to make both events a success, as well as student interns from Long Island Tennis Magazine.

“We are thankful to all the volunteers who helped throughout the day, to Long Island Tennis Magazine for their co-sponsorship and to Engineers Country Club for hosting,” added Fontana. “The UST A Long Island Region is proud that we are able to introduce tennis, the sport of a lifetime, to children at events like this one.”

The Suffolk Kids Day was held at The Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack and brought together more than 150 kids on a beautiful sunny afternoon, coming from various groups such as Kid’s Clubhouse of Suffolk County, YES, Fit4Moms of Suffolk County West and Alliance Junior Development, Inc.

"The USTA Long Island Region is happy to work with LI Tennis Magazine and the Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack to provide Kid's Day, which is a fun introduction to tennis for children who have never picked up a racket and additional exposure for those who already play," said Randi Wilkins, USTA Long Island Region Suffolk County Kids Day Chair, noting that more than 150 children participated throughout the day.  "It's wonderful to see kids with different skill levels all involved at the same event."

In Suffolk County, the clinics and drills were put on by pros from Sportime Kings Park, as well as student volunteers from Ward Melville High School and Miller Place Middle School. There was a bouncy house and pizza provided for the kids, and they were able to hit for prizes at the end of the event.

“This was The Hamlet Golf and Country Club’s second year hosting this wonderful event,” said Bruce Moodnick, Head Tennis Professional at The Hamlet. “It’s fantastic to see all the kids enjoying a day of tennis. Who knows, in 10 years you may see one of these kids at the U.S. Open!”

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