Written by Tara Brennan Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00
On Friday, Oct. 12, the Massapequa girls tennis team played their last regular season match against East Meadow. While this match was significant in that is marked the end of the Chiefs season, it also symbolized a greater feat in the team’s fight against breast cancer. With one of every eight women expected to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, the tennis team took it upon themselves to help combat this debilitating disease.
In order to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, the girls dedicate one match every year in their efforts to help find a cure. For the third year in a row, the Massapequa girls tennis team held their annual “Think Pink” event with the match against East Meadow.
In conjunction with efforts made by the girls volleyball team, the ladies of the tennis team put forth a tremendous amount of time and dedication into raising awareness for this disease. The team collectively raised close to 300 dollars during the last several weeks, not only through donations but also by hosting their own bake sale at school.
Besides their charitable contributions, the members of the Massapequa tennis team also spread awareness on Friday by wearing pink attire to the match. All of the players wore pink shirts specifically made for their “Think Pink” event, in addition to playing the first set of every match with pink tennis balls. East Meadow was also invited to participate, and supported the cause as the players wore pink ribbons in their hair.
Massapequa’s longtime tennis coach Mike Pavlides was especially proud of his players that day. He explained, “We do this because we want the ladies to understand cancer doesn’t discriminate and can effect anyone at anytime. I hope events like this help the girls to understand the value of helping others.” The Chiefs ultimately won with a final score of (4-2) over East Meadow, leaving them with an impressive regular season record of (10-4).