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July Spotlight-Arvada Tennis Center/Apex Park

July 25, 2012 03:50 PM
Wheelchair tennis is alive and well at the Arvada Tennis Center.  For the past 5 years a summer and fall league session of up/down tennis, which pairs an able-bodied player with a disabled player, have been offered.  Grant support from the United States Tennis Association has allowed Apex Park and Recreation District to keep fees affordable and offer financial support when needed. 

The goal of the league is primarily social, while striving for solid competition and court compatibility.  Higher level players help to mentor the less experience chair players or up-players, confused as to what their role is.  Partners are switched weekly and a sub list is available for players unable to make their match.  Four courts are occupied weekly, with word spreading about how fun and competitive this league is.   

In addition to tennis, education, acceptance and understanding takes place and barriers are being removed.  Chair players are being embraced by USTA league players and spectators.  Frank Adams and Rich Berman have been instrumental in helping chair players develop and donating many hours of free lessons, clinics, and court time. 
If you find yourself in the Arvada, Colorado area during the summer, stop on by, so we can get you involved with this wonderful group of players.  For more information, contact Michele Crouse, Arvada Tennis Center Program Coordinator at michelec@apexprd.org.   


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