On Thursday, May 19, the Amity boys and girls tennis teams will be hosting Weston at 4 p.m. in Woodbridge in the regular-season finale for both teams. On the boys side, it pits reigning Class LL state champion Amity vs. Class M state champion Weston.
But more importantly, he matches will be a part of the Ralph V. Raffone Memorial Coaches vs. Cancer Game. Chris Raffone, the Amity boys tennis coach, lost his dad Ralph to cancer in December. When Raffone received an email from Kelly Stewart at Coaches vs. Cancer before the season started about running a match to help support the American Cancer Society, setting up the matches became the logical thing to do.
“Tennis was his passion and he was the one who first introduced me to the game,” Chris said about his dad. “He was my first coach in every sport I played and I owe all of my personal success in tennis to him. Win or lose, he was always the first person I called after every match I either played or coached. Even if he saw the match in person, he was there to listen to me recount what happened.”
Raffone said Amity girls coach Harold Freeman was more than happy to have his team join the event. Raffone said that because of the event, the Weston girls gave up its home match with Amity to instead come to Woodbridge to be a part of the event.
Raffone said the teams have already raised over $2,000 in donations. All donations benefit the American Cancer Society and the Ralph V. Raffone Scholarship Fund. At the matches, there will be a bake sale, a raffle and a silent auction that will include a gift certificates to Oak Lane Tennis Club, The Woodbridge Club and Racquet Koop.
Anyone who wants to donate to the cause can do so through the following link: fundly.com/amity-tennis-coaches-v-cancer-1