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Team USA to Compete at Australian Championships

January 15, 2014 05:07 PM
The mission of Athletes Without Limits is to build a tennis program that will place US players with intellectual disability at the top of the podium at international tournaments and World Championships.
Four U.S. players have been invited to compete at the Australian Championships.
Athletes Without Limits advocates for greater integration of athletes with intellectual disabilities in mainstream sports.
By Jane Hines, special to USTA.com
 
New international opportunities for tennis players in the United States with intellectual disability to compete against their peers are growing. Athletes Without Limits provides the pathway for U.S. athletes with intellectual disability to compete at the highest levels of sport.
 
And now, for the first time ever, a team of four U.S. players has been invited to compete at the Australian Championships.
 
Athletes Without Limits has identified and certified the American athletes who will compete as Team USA in their first international event: Katherine Richards (Texas), Brittany Tagliareni (Florida), Benjamin Hadden (Ohio) and Jonathan Fried (Virginia).
 
The 2014 Australian Championships are being sanctioned by Inas, the international federation for para athletes with intellectual disability. Many of the highest-ranked players in the world will compete in the event. Championship matches will be played at Melbourne Park on the morning of the Australian Open women's singles final.
 
Athletes Without Limits is a national organization that advocates for greater integration of athletes with intellectual disabilities in mainstream sports. It also recruits, supports and develops high performance athletes to represent the U.S. at international competitions. Athletes Without Limits has recently become a member organization of the USTA.
 
Athletes Without Limits classifies elite athletes with intellectual disability as eligible for Paralympic and other international competition. Since 2009, it has worked with nearly 150 of the top athletes with intellectual disability in the US and countless others who they inspire.

For more information check out www.athleteswithoutlimits.com.
 
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