When it comes to community service and helping others who badly need it, Huntington High School girls’ tennis players are all in. The Blue Devils teamed up with their friends at neighboring Cold Spring Harbor to raise more than $3,000 to benefit the efforts of Pink Aid Long Island, which provides critical financial assistance to those battling breast cancer.
“About five years ago my friend, Veronica Walkin and I erected a lemonade stand and donated all the money we made to Pink Aid, a charity our mothers were involved in,” said Huntington junior Anna Bell Young, who spearheaded the initiative for the Blue Devils and plays on the varsity tennis team. “From there we wanted to do something bigger. Since we play tennis together, we thought it would be a great way to incorporate something we love to better our community. Since then, we have held three tennis events.”
Ms. Young and Ms. Walkin recently hosted their fourth fundraiser in all. The dynamic teenagers put together an exhibition doubles tournament featuring students from both high schools. The action played out on the Cold Spring High School courts.
Supporting the initiative were a variety of local businesses, including Roots, Krispy Mango, and Always Reason Clothing. Between the players on the court and those helping make the related bake sale a raging success, about 50 teenagers participated in the fundraising event.
A not for profit organization, Pink Aid Long Island helps those undergoing breast cancer treatment with meeting their household bills, including electric and heating expenses, groceries, medical bills, transportation to doctor’s appointments, wigs and related needs.
“We were thrilled to have raised over $3,000 this year to donate to Pink Aid,” Ms. Young said. “We hope to continue making this an annual event.”