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December Program Spotlight-Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association

December Spotlight-Boise
December Spotlight-Boise
Tim Woods, President of the Idaho Wheelchair Tennis Association, is glad that the survey they sent out to determine further development of their program has been completed and is happy with the results of what the players want to see.  By doing so, this has allowed him to pick the days, locations and times that best meet the needs of their new players and offer practices that best meets the schedules of all the potential new players that recently have expressed an interest in wheelchair tennis in Boise, Idaho!
They have instruction and play Saturday mornings from 9-11am at Owyhee Park in Boise and feels the program is going better than anticipated with 8-10 players. They have something going on every weekend including the offer of instruction every other weekend thanks in part to a grant received from USTA to help grow their wheelchair tennis program and assist with some coaching and court costs.   Something we all wish to see happen is that the parents and friends get out on those odd weekends,  feed balls and play actual matches with the players. Consequently, they typically still have 8-10 player’s show up every Saturday whether there is a coach or no coach, a true sign of dedication and commitment to a new found program.
There are several new adult players and one of them is planning on going with the Program Coordinator to play in their first wheelchair tournament in Portland. One of them is a Veteran, new to the game. This will be his first tournament.  Most of the players that are in this program are all new but definitely committed and excited to see where the sport leads them.  By working hard their time has come to earn the right to play in their first tournament which will in turn inspire the other players to continue working even harder.  They hope to soon have many of their players being able to compete in tournaments in the near future, a true grassroots program has evolved in Boise starting from the ground up.
The Association is also purchasing two new chairs so some of the new players can become more competitive and have chairs available for players to use while at practice.  A special thanks on behalf to the USTA for the wheelchair tennis grant that has helped our program grow into something we have been waiting for a very long time for.  We can’t wait to see where the future takes us!


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