As the 2019 summer came to a close, nearly 300 children came together at Hofstra University to take part in a Net Generation event that was coordinated by Sunny Fishkind and the USTA Eastern Long Island Region. The kids were part of the various programs that Hofstra runs during the summer, and it was a great opportunity for many of them to learn and play tennis for the first time.
“I really think that it’s a fantastic chance for me to bring tennis to kids who have never played before,” said Fishkind. “There are a lot of kids here who have never even held a racket before, and I’m hoping that this might spark an interest for them.”
Hofstra’s Camp Director Terry Ryan echoed that sentiment, and was excited that the kids in his program were able to experience a new sport and hopefully take a liking to it.
“Children who have never played are now being integrated into the game, and it is a lifelong sport which is great,” said Ryan. “I think it’s unbelievable, there’s been so much planning for over a year, the culmination of the event is phenomenal. I hope every kid goes home and tells their parents they’d like to play, and hopefully they can get involved with the sport.”
Jonathan Klee, USTA Eastern Long Island’s regional director, added, “Being able to come and participate in programming which allows children who’ve never picked up a racket before to get involved and playing in a positive environment is truly giving back to the community.”
Allison Butler is a contributing writer and intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine.