A little rain could not break the high spirits of those at the Commack Tennis’ 2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, sponsored by the Schoenfeld’s Soldiers on Thursday afternoon at Commack High School.
The Schoenfeld family lost a loved one to breast cancer a couple of years ago, and since then the tennis team that the children were a part of has run the event. On Thursday, after the long school day was over, the players, alongside faculty and parents, came together to raise money for breast cancer research.
Teachers and parents paired up with student-athletes to take part in a round-robin doubles tournament. In addition to the tennis being played on court, money was raised as attendees purchased raffle tickets with a chance to win prizes and exciting gift baskets.
But it was more than just the tennis and the gift baskets that made the event special.
“I think it is a great way for local kids and teachers to get together in a different venue and different setting,” said Commack Head Coach Jimmy Delevante. “It just demonstrates how great these kids are, that the teachers are willing to volunteer their time to stay after, hang out and play some tennis with them”.
“I think it is really nice how there are both parents and teachers here, and it showed a lot of support for cancer [research]... It was a lot of fun overall.” added Jake Stadok, who plays on the Commack team.
Even teachers who were tennis novices were willing to come out to support the cause.
“I am not experienced in tennis, but this was a lot of fun”, said Christina Semple, an English teacher at Commack High School.
Coming together for a family in need illustrates the charitable demeanor of the people on hand for the event, which raised more than $2,000 and will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The tournament winners were Ms. Rubin and Jason Mishkin.
For more information on the foundation, or how you can support the cause, visit www.bcrf.org.
Stefen Rosner is a contributing writer to Long Island Tennis Magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.