It was an unseasonably warm night of Nov. 20th and Suffolk County had its high school tennis girls stars colliding in one place, Villa Lomardi's for the All Suffolk County Girls Varsity Tennis Awards Dinner, organized by the Suffolk County Girls Varsity Tennis Coaches Association. The annual event is an evening when the shining stars of local high school tennis are awarded and praised for all they put forth both on and off the court. Awards were distributed to all-division, county and state recipients for their tennis playing, but also sportsmanship awards were given for each team.
Each Division crowned a Coach of the Year which honored those coaches who go above and beyond their responsibilities and take their team to the next level. Community service was also recognized as all participants from 'Play For Pink' a Breast Cancer Awareness Doubles Event were honored and Scholar-Athlete Community Service driven Scholarships were given out to two of the finest high schoolers in the county for their fine work in the classroom and the community.
Despite having to re-schedule the event in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, some 400 people came out to show their support and love for the local players. The dinner was a great opportunity for these scholar-athletes to set their racquets aside and befriend the girls who in the weeks prior were standing across the net in competition, and become a family of tennis players.
Credit all photos to Adam Wolfthal
Team Suffolk County Champions, Half Hollow Hills East
2012 All-Division coach of the Year recipients
Most of the student Aahletes hit the dance floor between awards
Participants from the Breast Cancer Awareness Doubles Event held earlier in the year were honored at the dinner
<p>Adam Wolfthal is the Director of Business Development for New York Tennis Magazine. Adam is a former Dowling College men's tennis player and author of the book, <em>Dudes Poetry Guide: With Girls in Mind</em>.</p>