Graduating Bridge Class Meets Long Island’s Largest Youth Benefactor
by Jack Sage
Twenty fifth and sixth grade students at Huntington NY’s Woodhull School received Certificates of Excellence, marking their graduation from 25 weeks of after-school instruction in duplicate bridge. The bridge club/class had the enthusiastic support of Woodhull principal Mary Stokkers as a project to enhance students’ mathematics skills as well as their overall academic prowess. Teacher/coaches included Jack and Chris Sage, Jennifer Villager and Alice Kessler.
The program was sponsored by Long Island Bridge for Youth, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing teachers and other support to youthful bridge students in public schools, libraries and recreation centers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
At the graduation, students were afforded the opportunity to meet Dr. Reza Khatib of Garden City, whose generosity makes him the largest single contributor in the history of teaching bridge to youth on Long Island. His philanthropic foundation, this year, presented the first of what will be perpetual annual grants to LIBFY to fund its work. The nonprofit also receives support from the American Contract Bridge League’s Education Foundation and local bridge clubs on Long Island.
A unit of the ACBL, The Nassau-Suffolk Bridge Association (which last year spun off Long Island Bridge for Youth), will further honor Dr. Khatib for his philanthropy by conducting The First Annual Dr. Reza Khatib Bridge Sectional Tournament on August 3rd and 4th at the Marriott Hotel, Mellville.
Dr. Khatib, a retired neurosurgeon, earned his M.D. degree from Tehran University Medical School in l956 and Ph.D. in brain surgery from New York University in l964.
He was affiliated with 10 hospitals and was listed among the Castle Connolly Top Doctors: N.Y. Metro Area – 1999-2001.
A bridge enthusiast, he is ranked as Life Master by the ACBL, which certified him as a club game Director. During the winter months, he directs duplicate bridge games two days a week at the Piper’s Landing Duplicate Bridge Club in Palm City FL.