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Athletes shine at Omaha ALL Stars Event

The athletes were all smiles at the Omaha ALL Stars Event.
The 10 and Under courts were used for skills development and for games.
Sportsmanship and comaraderie prevailed throughout the event.
By Jane Hines, special to USTA.com
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.
The ALL Stars Event was sponsored by the USTA Missouri Valley Section, Nebraska District, Special Olympics Nebraska, Omaha Tennis Association, City of Omaha, and the Omaha Tennis Buddies. The Omaha Fire Department provided medical personnel throughout the event.
Athletes from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri gathered for two days of round-robin tennis competition. The spirit of the event was unshaken by the unseasonably cool weather, blustery winds and drizzling rains. When the final round was completed, the athletes were ready for more tennis!
This year, additional athletes were included, as four 10 and Under tennis courts were utilized to develop skills and for other tennis activities. A Fun Zone was active throughout the event, including carnival-like games that were enjoyed by the athletes, family members, and even the volunteers. 
At the end of the first day of competition, a cookout was provided for all participants, family members, chaperones, and volunteers. Clowns assembled custom-order balloon sculptures and bracelets. Other evening activities included a free concert and an Omaha Storm Chasers baseball game.
The awards finale included confetti fireworks that were launched for each team as the athletes and coaches gathered on the stadium court to receive their medals. The court was illuminated by the shining medals and the bright smiles of the athletes.
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. View the complete list of registered programs. If you do not see your program, register now for free.
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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