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Cruzes Named 'Tennis Family Of Year' By White Plains’ USTA Eastern

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by Robin Ak

The Cruz Family of New Rochelle was honoured as USTA Eastern’s Tennis Family of the Year at the organization's Annual Awards Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains. The family was chosen for the award due to its impactful enthusiasm for tennis.

Tennis is a familiar topic in the Cruz household, as the entire family -- Eric, Carolyn, Cassidy, Jessie and James -- all play the sport, according to a release from USTA Eastern. Tennis is a familiar topic in the Cruz household, as the entire family -- Eric, Carolyn, Cassidy, Jessie and James -- all play the sport, according to a release from USTA Eastern.

Carolyn is currently the Director of Tennis and Operations at Rye Racquet Club in Rye. Through her role, she oversees all programming, staffing and marketing, the release said. She has held this role for 18 years and has proudly worked at Rye Racquet Club for 22 years.

Carolyn and her husband, Eric, met while attending Cornell University, where they both played varsity tennis all four years. They continue to be involved with their alma mater as Eric is a member of the Cornell Men’s Tennis Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Carolyn is part of the Cornell Women’s Tennis Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“My husband and I have some of the best memories from college tennis,” Carolyn said. “It has been great to reconnect with former teammates, meet the current team and have functions with them.” Her kids are all into tennis and Carolyn mentioned that they started playing at an early age.

“All of the kids started playing tennis around four years old,” Carolyn said. “They grew up at Rye Racquet so it was natural for them to become involved in tennis, but they all competed in other sports as well.” “For our family, tennis is a common bond that will always be there,” Carolyn said.

“We have dedicated so much time and energy to the sport. It is nice to be acknowledged.” The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis.

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