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Local Wins Achievement Award

For Terry Fontana, winning the United States Tennis Assosciation Eastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award was over 50 years in the making and is a dream come true.

A crowning achievement for the Hicksville resident, Fontana owes her involvement and recognition in tennis to the support of her colleagues and friends. “I have worked with so many people in this section,” said Fontana. “They have helped me achieve this.”

Since first playing in her mid-twenties, Fontana has been a stalwart supporter of tennis through her various volunteer roles. In 1956, she first picked up a racket and soon after, it became her life’s passion.

Before learning more about the tennis community, Fontana joked that she didn’t know indoor facilities existed. “I remember shoveling snow off tennis courts outdoors so I could go out and play because I wasn’t aware of indoor tennis clubs,” she said. “Tennis was not something that I grew up with.” She ended up working at indoor facilities for years after.

As her tennis IQ increased, it became her mission to help countless others succeed in the sport. To name a few of her earliest projects, Fontana founded the Matinecock Racquet Club. She also managed Valley Tennis of Manhasset and eventually moved to Arizona for more tennis opportunities.

Fontana said 1989 proved to be a defining year as she first became involved in USTA projects, including joining the Long Island Region Board once back in New York from Arizona.

Fontana earned the Eastern Volunteer of the Year Award in 1992. In addition, she started the first community tennis association in Long Island during the 90s and helped bring tennis into the Hicksville School District.

In 1995, Fontana honored former professional player Vitas Gerulaitis by organizing the Vitas Gerulaitis Long Island Championships. Through her work, she raised over $13,000 in scholarships and $2,000 in contributions for deserving juniors.

By working tirelessly to support Jr. Team Tennis programs on Long Island, Fontana received the region’s most prestigious honor: the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Three years later, she accepted the Long Island Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts.

Over the last decade, Fontana has worked selflessly to support the growth of tennis. Most recently, and earlier in 2013, Long Island honored with the Vitas Gerulatis For The Love of Tennis Award at their Annual Dinner.

About her latest — and largest — accolade, Terry said, “I’m just so proud. I really am. But never in my life did I dream that I would get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the section. Honestly, it’s just so wonderful.”

News

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”

The community is invited to show off their Comets pride at Hicksville’s Homecoming Fair, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. A number of fun activities will be featured, including attractions like a giant slide and an obstacle course, plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.


Sports

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Second year head coach Rob Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen from the Hicksville Comets in the preseason. For this reason, he feels the team is better than their preseason ranking of No. 13.

“Last year was a tough year for us,” he said in regards to their 1-7 season. “But we improved as it went on and played in some very competitive games.”

The team ended a 15-game losing streak last season with a 26-19 victory over Uniondale.  They also were barely edged 20-14 by Hempstead on a last minute score. The rest of the games featured several lopsided scores, which is why Carroll believes the team is being overlooked.


Calendar

BOE Meeting

September 10

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

September 12, 13

Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

September 14



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