The Tennis for Fun program, based in Tampa, Fla., has been awarded the 2011 USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award. The award is given to a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.
"Tennis for Fun has made excellent strides in making tennis accessible for everyone with special needs and ensuring that they have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful tennis experience," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "We praise Nathan Moore on his vision and everyone at Tennis for Fun for their dedication. We are proud to acknowledge their efforts with this award."
Tennis for Fun, a free weekly tennis clinic available to athletes with special needs, is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities to have fun playing tennis while learning basic life skills and socializing. Tennis for Fun was founded in September, 2000 by Nathan Moore, a high school student. Moore’s goal was to create a positive and fun activity for athletes with special needs in the greater Tampa area. Since its inception, the program has grown substantially, spreading to three additional locations (Brandon, Fla., Belfast, Me., and Camden, Me.) providing tennis instruction to more than 100 athletes. Participants in the program range in age from 8 to 55, with some choosing to compete in Special Olympics competitions. Now run by Moore’s mother Judy, and Rosanna Chiaramonte, Tennis for Fun is supported by dedicated volunteers who donate services and equipment.
Tennis for Fun will be honored at the United States Tennis Association Community Tennis Development Workshop held January 13 - 15, 2012 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La, the largest annual gathering of grassroots tennis leaders in the United States.
The USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award was established in 2003. To qualify for a program award, the program must have been in existence for a minimum of three consecutive years. To qualify for an individual award, the recipient must have worked with an Adaptive Tennis program for a minimum of three consecutive years.