Written by Massapequa Observer Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
Massapequa’s Brendan Henry took to the streets in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon representing USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, helping to raise funds for the programs it supports.
The organization is dedicated to supporting programs throughout the country that utilize the combination of tennis and education to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth and people with disabilities.
Henry is among eight runners to dedicate their marathon experience to support the mission of USTA Serves. He pledged to raise money by seeking donations to support his 26.2 mile run and all of the money raised was allocated to tennis and education programs in the runner’s USTA Eastern Section.
“They do really great things for underprivileged kids and their tennis and school,” said Henry, who finished the marathon in 3:48:12 and raised $4,500. “It’s inspiring and it sounds like while running the marathon I can raise money and give back to an organization that gave me so much through tennis and the opportunity of playing college tennis.”
A current sophomore at Wake Forest University studying math business, Henry said he’s surrounded by a family of runners and was joined in the marathon by his cousin and aunt. Although his aunt is a seasoned pro having run about 10 marathons in the past, this was Henry’s maiden attempt.
His mother, Denise, initially found the opportunity and suggested that her son apply. She’s proud of his achievement, too.
“It is very exciting that Brendan has taken on this challenge to run the NYC Marathon and support USTA Serves. He only started training in July and is excited about participating in such a meaningful marathon,” she said. “The USTA Eastern has been a huge part of Brendan’s life since he was 10 when he entered in the 10 and under tournament all the way through his high school years, which makes this commitment to give back even more rewarding.”
Having started in the USTA’s 10 and Under Tennis program as a child, today, Henry excels in the sport and even enjoyed the chance to play with one of tennis’ most celebrated legends.
“I actually played doubles with John McEnroe a couple times at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy,” he said. “It was fun having someone of that caliber, who’s won seven Grand Slams mentoring you and watching you and giving you tips.”
To date, USTA Serves has awarded more than $16 million in grants and scholarships to people and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities. That total includes more than $12 million to fund 247 programs in 47 states, including $900,000 to adaptive programs for people with special needs, and more than $4.5 million in college educational scholarships and player incentive awards to more than 900 middle school students and high school seniors.
For more information on USTA Serves, visit ustaserves.com.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.
“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”
A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:56
Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.
Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:19
The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.
In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.