| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Shane Helfner


The Port Washington varsity boys’ tennis team held its first Autism Awareness “Play with the Teachers” tournament at Paul Schreiber High School on Thursday.

Each member of the team asked a teacher or administrator from the Port Washington School District to pair up and form a doubles team in the tournament. Parents went out into the community to receive donations from local business which helped fill 27 baskets with amazing gifts!

“It is truly a great way to bring the school, tennis program and community together for such a great cause,” said Port Washington head coach Shane Helfner.

Gabriele Brancatelli teamed up with science teacher Mr. Fish to win the tournament. In all, the event raised $1,300, which will be donated to Autism Speaks.