August 18, 2021
By Eric Englund
Elevating A RACKET: Close friends of the late Rita McGoff held a event among the on their own to honor her memory. They also utilised the Aug. 10 event to increase cash for the Compassion Café in Seaside Haven. (Supplied Photographs)
On Aug. 10, a group of friends had been getting enjoyable participating in tennis at the Pearl Street courts in Beach front Haven, but Rita McGoff was on their minds and hearts.
Kathy Slezak, a person of the gamers, claimed McGoff passed away in June 2019 from a glioblastoma brain tumor at the age of 65.
“She began enjoying tennis on LBI in 2010, and her enthusiasm towards discovering the sport was contagious as she recruited mates to sign up for her,” claimed Slezak. “She turned an avid tennis participant, and via her management and love of the recreation, a little team of newcomers turned into a significant and structured group of standard gamers usually occupying the courts of Pearl Street or the Acme (Market in Lengthy Beach front Township) on summer time mornings.”
Slezak said a bench has been placed at the Pearl Street gazebo in McGoff’s memory, and her tennis team will continue to celebrate her daily life with an annual spherical robin event.
“Sixteen of her LBI buddies collected to engage in 3 rounds of the form of fun and aggressive tennis that was a passion for Rita,” she stated.
Slezak claimed the tournaments have also included prompt donations for fundraising.
“This 12 months, we turned the once-a-year round robin into a fundraiser for Compassion Café, an LBI nonprofit that symbolizes Rita’s (a next-grade schoolteacher) pleasure of encouraging other folks by means of love and kindness,” she mentioned. Compassion Café was started out by Sue Sharkey and Erin Sharkey this summertime with a mission of delivering meaningful employment and career education for adolescents and grownups with disabilities.
Slezak included, “We have evolved into a cohesive and thriving team of energetic adult tennis players and close friends on an island that was so close to Rita’s coronary heart. We are forever grateful to Rita McGoff and know she is cheering us on each individual time we move on the tennis court docket.” —E.E.