I know a lot about Long Beach Tennis Center. Not because I like tennis, but because my mom works there and she believes in supporting the local community. So she offers a lot of events.
One of my favorite things they do is training Girl Scouts how to teach tennis to younger students. Those Girl Scouts I taught then interned at the center over the summer.
The tennis center does different events here throughout the year. Around Halloween, they do a candy drive that goes to the military. In the winter, they collect coats and food for a local shelter. In February, they come out to support the Polar Bear Plunge, which is so cold but so fun as well. The event is always on Super Bowl weekend, and it helps raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to terminally ill children.
A really important thing they do is CPR and AED training, in case someone gets hurt on the court. They do fairs, and the fairs let us play tennis for free! They help at the Lido Beach Festival by the Sea, and the Merrick and Bellmore fairs. Also, they will come into some schools and start to teach lessons too. They want to help us love tennis as much as they do, and I think that mission is accomplished.
You don’t need to play tennis to get involved. You can find out about events by following them on Facebook @longbeachtenniscenter or Twitter @LongBeachTC, and maybe you’ll try tennis and like it. You’ll never know until you try.
Debbie Cain and Derrick Horodyski’s sixth-grade class, Chatterton Elementary School, Merrick