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Tennis Buddies honored with National Adaptive Award

November 8, 2013 05:16 PM
Coach Tammy Hill (left) of Omaha Tennis Buddies pictured with USTA Vice President Katrina Adams.
The Tennis Buddies programs provide year-round training opportunities for tennis athletes with developmental and physical disabilities.
The program is offered free of charge because of its dedicated volunteers.
Tennis Buddies includes not only on-court activities for the athletes but also various social and competitive events as well.
By USTA.com Staff
The Omaha Tennis Buddies of Omaha, Neb., were awarded the 2013 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award. The organization was honored during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop (TDW), held Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2013, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, in Denver.
The National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award is given to the program that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.
Established in 2005, Omaha Tennis Buddies provide year-round training opportunities for tennis athletes with developmental and physical disabilities. With the help of the Omaha tennis community and under the guidance of program director Tammy Hill, Tennis Buddies provide additional training and resources throughout the year, fostering competitive tennis opportunities, friendships and social networks for players of all ages with special needs.
The program also makes sure family members of the athletes are included in all competitive and social events.  
“Tammy Hill and the Omaha Tennis Buddies are dedicated to ensuring that everyone with special needs has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful tennis experience,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “We are proud to acknowledge their efforts with this award.”
In 2011-12, Tennis Buddies experienced tremendous growth. As a result, two new locations were added: Kansas City Buddies and Fremont Tennis Buddies. These two groups joined the Omaha and Lincoln Chapters of Tennis Buddies in providing tennis opportunities to athletes with special needs. 
The Omaha Tennis Buddies train throughout the year both on and off of the court. The program, which is fully supported by grants and donations, is free of charge and the instructors and coaches are volunteers.
For more information on Omaha Tennis Buddies, visit their website at www.tennisbuddiesrock.com.
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!


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