Serving Up A Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Commack High School’s tennis courts were full of laughter and smiles on Monday when the girls varsity tennis team held its annual Play with the Teachers Tournament to support breast cancer awareness.
Each girl on the team invited a teacher to pair up with them for doubles matches.
“Four years ago, I thought it would be really awesome to try and connect the tennis program with the school and the community,” Head Coach Shane Helfner said. “Everyone likes to see their teacher outside the classroom so I thought it would be fun to bring the teachers out here to a new environment.”
Parents, athletes, and teachers went out into the community to collect donations from stores and restaurants to create more than 30 raffle baskets which spectators could buy tickets for at the event. All proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In previous years, the team raised over $1,000 and they hoped to raise the same amount this year, according to Helfner.
Commack’s tennis courts were decorated with pink balloons, and the girls, teachers and event volunteers dressed in pink for the occasion.
“I think it’s wonderful, especially during breast cancer awareness month,” said Commack science teacher Maura Palillo who was participating in the charity tournament for the second consecutive year. “What else would you do on a Monday afternoon, and it’s a gorgeous day!”
It is a great way to end the season, according to Helfner, and teachers and athletes agreed.
“It is so much fun and it’s for a great cause,” said tennis player Rebecca Danziger. “The teachers get really into it and they get really competitive. I admire their bravery,” she joked.
Commack’s girls varsity squad finished in second place this season in League I. Their victory over Half Hollow Hills West on Oct. 9 clinched their standing. Tracey Rosenlicht’s win in second singles helped lead the team.