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The USTA is dedicated to creating and enhancing tennis opportunities for ALL individuals who wish play tennis. The Adaptive Tennis Spotlights feature some of the individuals, programs and events that are devoted to making tennis available to individuals with unique abilities and circumstances.

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Results: 24 Record(s) Found.

Jensen-Schmidt Academy for Down Syndrome

The Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy was designed to meet the sport specific needs of children and young adults with Down Syndrome.
The Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy was designed to meet the sport specific needs of children and young adults with Down Syndrome. The curriculum focuses on improving muscle tone, coordination and balance while also having fun playing tennis. Read More
 

Hangstefer named USADSF Sportswoman of the Year

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Signal Mountain, Tenn., native Emily Hangstefer was named the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Sportswoman of the Year for 2013, becoming the first tennis player ever to receive that honor. Read More
 

Tennis Buddies honored with National Adaptive Award

The Tennis Buddies programs provide year-round training opportunities for tennis athletes with developmental and physical disabilities.
The Omaha Tennis Buddies of Omaha, Neb., were awarded the 2013 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award. The USTA bestows this recognition upon a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community. Read More
 

Tennis is a life changer for Special Olympics gold medalist Doring

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Jonathan Doring was born with Fragile X Syndrome, a common cause of autism, and spent much of his youth alone in his room. Through great work and dedication, he now holds a job, serves as a motivational speaker and has developed into one of the best adaptive tennis players in the world. Read More
 

S.P.U.D. introduces USTA League Tennis format

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More than 50 athletes from four Southern states participated in the 4th Annual Special Populations Unified Doubles Tournament in Belton, S.C. S.P.U.D. was designed to introduce a “team” concept to the athletes, encouraging social interaction and learning how to be part of a team. Read More
 

ACEing Autism program expands across the country

the program has expanded to include clinics in Pasadena, Santa Barbara and Burbank in California, as well as three clinics in New York, with further expansion planned for this fall.
When tennis pro Richard Spurling married child neurologist Shefali Jeste, they decided to also marry their skill sets to create a tennis program (his expertise) that would help children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD, her specialty). Read More
 

Conner Stroud inspires thousands

Conner Stroud inspires thousands through tremendous perserverance and strength on and off the courts
12-year-old Conner Stroud of North Carolina competes and enjoys tennis despite a birth defect that left little hope for him being able to even walk. Read More
 

San Diego hosts Wounded Warrior Camp

Forty wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all of the military branches, along with caregivers, participated in the camp.orty wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military branches, along with caregivers, participated in the camp.Forty wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military branches, along with caregivers, participated in 16 hours of tennis instruction and friendly competitions.
The second-annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp was held in San Diego in June. Forty wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military branches, along with caregivers, participated in 16 hours of tennis instruction and friendly competitions designed to improve their physical and emotional well-being. Read More
 

Benzon pays it forward, devoted to Adaptive Tennis

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Growing up in Utah, Cindy Benzon was mentored by and provided with tennis opportunities by Harry James, who was wheelchair-bound. While she could never pay him back for all that he did for her, Cindy has been “paying it forward” for nearly 30 years by providing tennis to individuals with disabilities.​ Read More
 

Athletes shine at Omaha ALL Stars Event

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The Omaha Tennis Buddies hosted the Third Annual USTA Missouri Valley Section ALL Stars Adaptive Tennis event, June 1-2. Seven teams from a four-state region gathered for a blend of social interaction and tennis competition. The event was played at the Koch Family Tennis Center in Omaha, Neb. Read More
 
Results: 24 Record(s) Found.

Submit Your Program Spotlight

The USTA National Adaptive Tennis Committee would like to know more about your programs, people and events. This gives recognition to the great work you’re doing and inspires others to provide similar services. Contact us now!
 
Joyce Dreslin, USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee, Spotlight Project Team Leader

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The USTA has developed a database of Adaptive Tennis Programs with the purpose of connecting tennis players with the programs available to meet their tennis needs. Stay informed about grants, events, awards and more.
 
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