For the fourth straight year, Long Island Tennis Magazine and the USTA Eastern Long Island Region partnered to put on multiple free events for kids throughout Long Island, as hundreds came out for the Nassau County Kids Day and Suffolk County Kids Day events.
The Nassau County Kids Day event took place at Old Westbury Golf & Country Club and featured groups from Circulo de la Hispanidad of Long Beach, the Boys & Girls Club of Glen Cove and the RCA Children’s Academy of Roosevelt, while nearly 200 kids came out to the Suffolk County event held at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack.
“Both events were conducted very well. The Nassau Kids Day found a new home at Old Westbury, which was not only a beautiful facility but their staff was very easy to work with,” said Neil Thakur, USTA Eastern’s Tennis Service Representative for Long Island. “The Suffolk Kids Day was again held at The Hamlet and we had another large turnout. At both events, we had many new groups in attendance which is always our goal. USTA Eastern depends upon volunteers to help us grow tennis on Long Island, so a special thanks goes to David Sickmen, Michelle Stoerback and Hillary Bressler for their behind the scenes hard work to make these events a success.”
At both events, the kids were spread out across the many courts where they took part in a number of different tennis drills using the Net Generation equipment. The New York Open was on hand provide its Skills Challenge competition, and the events included more than just tennis as there were a bouncy house, music provided by DJ CM, relay races and other carnival games.
“Using the Kids Days to introduce tennis is great because they are playing with their friends in a beautiful setting. Our trained coaches use the Net Generation activities which are designed for kids who never even held a racket before while emphasizing the fun aspect of tennis,” added Thakur. “Since tennis is a lifelong sport, our hope is that after attending a Kids Day, many of them will be inspired to continue playing tennis because of the positive experience they had.”
Long Island Tennis Magazine and USTA Long Island would like to thank both Old Westbury Golf and Country Club and The Hamlet Golf and Country Club for being great hosts and putting on wonderful events.