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About Adaptive Tennis

Tennis can be adapted so that everyone can participate in the sport. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game.

 

We have everything you need to develop or grow your program, including grants, program curricula, equipment, coaching opportunities and much more. 

 

If you are thinking of starting an adaptive tennis program and need local assistance, contact your area's section contact for adaptive tennis. They can effectively answer questions on a wide range of topics, including financing and procuring educational materials and equipment. Find a local contact for more information about adaptive tennis.

 

Learn more about adaptive tennis curricula. 

 

Register Your Program

Connecting players with programs to meet their needs is a top priority, and registering your program with the USTA will enable those with similar needs in your area to find you. It is easy to do and free of charge. To register, programs must have at least three athletes and be actively on going. Registering will also give you an opportunity to be eligible to receive USTA Adaptive grants and to be nominated for the USTA Adaptive Award. Register here.

 

Learn more about existing programs.

Grants

Each year, USTA-registered adaptive programs that have been providing active programming for at least one year are eligible to be awarded USTA grants up to $3,000 per program. The grants provide necessary funds for tennis programs to grow bigger and provide better service to their communities. 

 

2021 Grant Deadlines

Application Open - TBD

Application Deadline - TBD

Funding Decision - TBD

National Adaptive Championship Tournament

The 2021 National Adaptive Championship is scheduled to take place at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 8-10, 2021. This is a Unified Doubles tournament which pairs an athlete who has special needs with a partner who does not. USTA sections will host qualifier tournaments during 2021 and send their top teams to Florida for the championship. 

 

Should you be interested in participating in or organizing a tournament for your section, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion manager in your section. Find local contacts in your section.

Adaptive Tennis Award

The annual Adaptive Tennis Award recognizes a program that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and service in tennis for individuals with disabilities. 

 

A program must have had three years of active involvement providing tennis to individuals with disabilities to be eligible for the award. Further information and nomination forms will be available here in early 2021. A list of former recipients and additional information can also be found here.

Adaptive Engagement Guide

The USTA has created an Adaptive Engagement Guide, providing general examples of how to coach and teach different populations which can be modified to suit the user's situations and needs.

Newsletter

To keep up with news and notes from the USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee, subscribe to the adaptive newsletter and other email communications. 

Find Adaptive Tennis Programs in Your State

Learn more about the adaptive tennis programs where you live and how you and your family can take part.

ACEing Autism – Burbank, Carlsbad, Elk Grove, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Newport Beach, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara

Badon Tennis Academy  - Altadena

Beach City Tennis Academy - Manhattan Beach

Biola University Challenger Tennis – La Mirada

Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Program - Long Beach

Marin County Special Olympics Tennis Program - Marin County

OPAF First Volley Tennis  - Fresno

Operation Pride - Berkeley 

Pete Brown, Jr. Tennis Program - Los Angeles

San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program - San Diego

Semurana Tennis Association - Carson

Sloane Stephens Foundation - Love, Love Compton - Compton

SMP Junior Tennis -  Santa Monica

Special Need Group (SNG) - San Diego 

Special Needs - Let's Teach - South Pasadena 

Special Olympics - Orange County  

ACEing Autism - Parker

Special Olympics - Centennial

Dare to Play Tennis – Denver  

Highlands Ranch Therapeutic REC - Highlands Ranch

Delaware Special Olympics Tennis Program – Bethany Beach, Dover, Newark, Wilmington

ACE Program - Atlantic Beach

ACEing Autism – Coral Gables, Miami, Naples, Niceville, Orlando, Stuart, Weston

Buddy Up Tennis - Lake Nona, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa

Ernie Els: #GameONAustism - Jupiter

Love Serving Autism - Boca, Boynton Beach, Clearwater, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Sunrise, Wellington, West Palm Beach

Military Program (USTA Nat'l Campus) - Orlando

Miracle Tennis - Tallahassee

North Miami Sr. High Special Olympics - North Miami 

Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach Adaptive Tennis – Cocoa Beach     

Speak Through Sports Adaptive Tennis Clinics - West Melbourne   

Special Olympics - Palm Beach

Tennis for Fun - Brandon, Fish Hawk, Tampa            

ACEing Autism – Norcross, Powder Springs

Ad In Special Needs Tennis - Columbus 

South Atlanta CTA – College Park

Southeast Clarke Park Tennis Center Adaptive Tennis Program - Athens

Special Olympics Georgia - Norcross 

Special Populations Tennis - Atlanta, Savannah

Tennis People - McDonough

TVI Atlanta - Atlanta 

ACEing Autism – Columbus

Buddy Up Tennis - South Bend

RHI Adaptive Sports Program/Wheelchair Tennis of Indiana - Indianapolis

Special Olympics Indiana – Boone County, Hamilton County, Washington Township, Zionsville

Stand Up Tennis for Amputees - Muncie

Turnstone Center - Tennis – Fort Wayne

ACEing Autism – Boston, Scituate, Shrewsbury, Wayland, Weymouth

EMARC Adaptive Tennis – Wakefield

Handi-Racket Tennis - Wayland

Harvard Recreation - Tennis - Boston

Lobstars Inclusive Tennis - Hanover

Special Olympics Massachusetts - Marlborough

ACEing Autism – Ann Arbor, Novi

Adaptive Play Day - Holland

Bay City Unified Adaptive Tennis - Bay City

Got Ability Sports Tennis – Brighton    

Michigan Victory Games (One-Day Try-It Clinic) - East Lansing

Michigan Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis – Brighton 

Thunder in the Valley Games (One-Day Try-It Clinic) - Saginaw

ACEing Autism – Kansas City, St. Louis

All Abilities Tennis Program – Kansas City  

Goals Adaptive Tennis - Joplin

Special Olympics Missouri – Cape, Columbia, Fulton, Kansas City, St. Joe, St. Louis, Sikeston

ACEing Autism – Lincoln

Fremont Tennis Buddies - Fremont

Lincoln Tennis Buddies - Lincoln

Omaha Tennis Buddies - Omaha

Woods Tennis Center – Lincoln 

ACEing Autism - Laconia

Buddy Up Tennis - Lebanon

Count Me In, Inc. – Exeter, Hampton

ACEing Autism – Rio Rancho

15-Love – Albany, Rennsalaer, Schenectady, Troy

ACEing Autism – Cooperstown, Flushing, Great Neck, Hyde Park, Ithaca, Syracuse

Adaptive Recreation – Hamburg

Backyard Sports Cares - Purchase

Backyard Sports Plus Tennis - White Plains

Batavia Challenger Tennis Program - Batavia

Cerebral Palsy Association – Rye Brook

EDD Memorial Fund Adaptive Tennis Clinics - Oneonta

Fair Play Tennis – Binghamton

Goldback Tennis Club - New Windsor

Hero, Inc. - Scarsdale

Highland Park Tennis Association – Brooklyn  

Jawonio - Adaptive Tennis - New Hempstead

RCTA Adaptive Tennis Programs - Riverside Park, New York City

Rockland Hospital Guild  - Orangeburg

Serve and Return, Inc. – Farmingdale

Serving Heros - Northport

Sound of Tennis - Brooklyn, Long Island City

SPARC, Inc. - Briarcliff Manor

Special Aces - Brooklyn  

Special Olympics - New York – Schenectady, across the state

Special Olympics - Long Island (Tennis Program) - East Setauket 

Special Olympics Broome Tioga Tennis – Binghamton

STRIDE Adaptive Sports - Schenectady

Tennis Serving Vets - Yonkers 

Westside Challenger Tennis - Brockport

Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina – Apex, Asheville, Brunswick County, Cary, Chapel Hill, Concord, Greensboro, Greenville, Hendersonville, Kinston, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Watauga County, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

ACEing Autism – Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Winston-Salem

CAST: Carolinas Adaptive Standing Tennis - Greensboro

Pegasus - Brunswick County 

ACEing Autism – Akron, Columbus

Buddy Up Tennis – Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Youngstown

NLA Superstar Tennis - Lancaster

Walnut Hills Outreach - Cincinnati

Special Olympics Tennis - Lake Oswego

ACEing Autism - East Providence, Newport

Adaptive Tennis – Greenville

Area 14, Anderson County Special Olympics – Anderson 

Aunt Nettie’s Fault (Special Olympics Group) - Columbia

Public Tennis Inc. Special Needs & Special Olympics Tennis – Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head                                                        

Rockin’ Rackets Tennis – Daniel Island

Saluda Slammers – Columbia

SPUD (Special Populations Unified Doubles) - Belton

ACEing Autism – Nashville

Buddy Up Tennis - Murfreesboro

Cookeville Adaptive Tennis - Cookeville

Love Tennis – Nashville 

Smashing Aces Tennis - Germantown

SPUD Tennis - Nashville

Utah Tennis Association – Salt Lake City

Bennington Aces - Bennington

ACEing Autism – Richmond, Williamsburg

Sportable - Richmond

Piedmont Area Tennis Association - Charlottesville

Adaptive Tennis Kick-Off Event - Blacksburg




Contact Your Local Representative 

 

If you're looking to create an adaptive tennis program in your neighborhood but don't know where to start, don't worry.  Each USTA section has a representative dedicated to helping you start or grow your program, whether you're looking for advice with grants and scholarships or ways to connect players with local programming in your area.

USTA Caribbean - Monica Carrasquillo (787) 726-8782

 

USTA Eastern - David Williams (914) 697-2273

 

USTA Florida - Ron Lyons (407) 917-9826

 

USTA Hawaii - Madeleine Dreith (808) 585-9528

 

USTA Intermountain - Adele Sobieski (303) 695-4117 ext. 235

 

USTA Mid Atlantic - Tara Fitzpatrick Navarro (703) 556-6120 ext. 7001

 

USTA Middle States - Renee Bridges (484) 302-0752

 

USTA Midwest - Tyson Thompson (317) 669-0463

 

USTA Missouri Valley - Jaren Glaser (913) 967-9929

 

USTA New England - Chantal Roche (508) 366-3450 ext. 115

 

USTA Northern California - Alison Vidal (510) 263-0469

 

USTA Northern - Mya Smith-Dennis (952) 358-3289

 

USTA Pacific Northwest - Valerie Weaks (503) 718-3334 ext.3334

 

USTA Southern California - Evan Smith (310) 824-5660. 

 

USTA Southern - Cee Jai Jones (770) 368-8200 ext. 116

 

USTA Southwest - Kelsey Lawson (602) 412-3618

 

USTA Texas - Cindy Benzon (832) 264-7773

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