| By Steven Kaplan

So many of us on Long Island, in New York City and the entire Tri-State area have been deeply impacted by the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it's overwhelming. Things are far from normal for many people and will not be for a long time.

I was relatively lucky, a few trees on my home and no power for 13 days, and little damage to my club, but it could have been way worse. I couldn't wait to get back on the tennis court to begin to feel normal. Tennis requires so much physical and mental effort, it's a great distraction and escape from every day worries and it helped me manage the stress of a cold dark house. Get out and hit a few tennis balls and appreciate the joy of the little things.

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.