The Wisconsin Tennis Association (WTA) has, over many years, been a strong advocate of tennis programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Their support has given many children the opportunity to enjoy the game, develop self-esteem, learn discipline, and create the overall positive feeling that comes from being successful.
Howard Myers, past Chair of the WTA Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, is credited with developing the popular program when he contacted the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, the Wisconsin Lions Camp, and several public schools to propose offering tennis to their deaf students. His ideas and willingness to put together a program for them were met with enthusiasm at all locations.
Over the course of several years, and with the assistance of adult and college student volunteers, Mr. Myers was able to provide tennis instruction to deaf children between the ages of six and eighteen at these facilities. Eventually, summer tennis clinics were added in local communities.
Wisconsin has had tremendous success with these programs as tennis has proven to be an excellent participation sport for deaf children. Mr. Myers and the WTA strongly believe that such programs could be offered in communities nationwide. Should anyone have an interest in starting or becoming involved in programs to provide tennis for the deaf and hard of hearing, the WTA would be pleased to share information on its success story. Contact: Howard Myers
, 414-962-0565 or 480-314-3736 (until Mar 31).