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About Adaptive Tennis

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

 

The USTA can lead you in the process to start a new program or to grow your current program. Several curricula for teaching adaptive tennis can be found here. Learn more about adaptive tennis cirricula.

 

In addition, each USTA section has a designated contact person to help you. They can effectively answer questions on a wide range of topics, including financing and procuring educational materials and equipment. 


Click here to find your sectional contact to obtain more information.

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 ongoing. Register here.

 

Benefits of being a USTA-registered program include:

  1. Listing, with link to your website or email, on the USTA National Adaptive Tennis webpage.
  2. Being a member of a larger tennis community.
  3. Opportunity to network with other programs.
  4. Opportunity to apply for national grants when available
  5. Access to Adaptive Tennis curricula.
  6. Receipt of quarterly Adapt It! newsletter highlighting upcoming events, interesting programs, educational materials and funding resources. 
  7. Opportunity to have a story about your program featured in the newsletter.
  8. Opportunity to share stories for the newsletter about other adaptive programs.
  9. Access to other USTA newsletters.
  10. Opportunity to register with USTA Net Generation if your program serves youth (18 and under).
  11. Opportunity for consideration of the USTA National Adaptive Tennis Award.

 

Learn more about existing programs.

Grants

The USTA's Adaptive Tennis Grants are offered to USTA-registered programs to assist in the promotion, implementation and growth of adaptive tennis programs at the community level. Criteria for selection include: clear use of grant funds in an itemized budget; a plan for program sustainability, program growth and expansion, which can include the number of athletes and/or play opportunities; and success stories.

 

The 2022 grant cycle will open on Sept. 15. The deadline to apply is Nov. 6. Registered programs will receive notices by email, and announcements will be published in future issues of the Adapt It! Newsletter. Click here to apply for a grant.

 

Thirteen programs were approved for grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 in 2021.

National Adaptive Championship Tournament

The National Adaptive Championship tournament, canceled in 2021, will return in 2022. This Unified Doubles event will once again be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida from Nov. 4-6. Sectional adaptive contacts have been notified and are in the process of scheduling qualifier tournaments. Contact your section representative for more information. Click here to find your section contact.

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. The program must be USTA-registered and have had three years of active involvement providing tennis to this population. In addition, programs who have won the award in any of the last three years are ineligible in that timeframe. (For example, 2023 applicants cannot have won the award in 2020, 2021 or 2022.)

 

As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 years, the USTA National Adaptive Tennis Committee is encouraged and amazed at the wonderful work being done to support adaptive tennis athletes. We look forward to continuing the tradition in 2023. Keep checking your emails and the Adapt It! Newsletter for announcements of the dates that the committee will be accepting nominations.

 

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

Read on to find adaptive tennis programs where you live and how you and your family can take part. Looking to learn more? Click here to find your home USTA section and then connect with your sectional contact for adaptive tennis, found in the list below.

ACCESS (partnering ACEing Autism) - Little Rock

ACE Tennis (Amazing Children Empowered Through Tennis) - Conway 

Arkansas Cup Tennis Foundation - Little Rock

Center Court Tennis – Springdale

Love All Tennis - Jonesboro

ACEing Autism – Burbank, Burlingame, Carlsbad, Culver City, Downey, Elk Grove, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Mountain View, Newport Beach, Pacific Palisades, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Rancho Mirage, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Sherman Oaks, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda

All Abilities Tennis - Pittsburg

Badon Tennis Academy  - Altadena

Beach City Tennis Academy - Manhattan Beach

Biola University Challenger Tennis – La Mirada

ICA Cristo Rey Academy – San Francisco

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

Serving Advantage – Orange

Sloane Stephens Foundation - Love, Love Compton - Compton

SMP Junior Tennis -  Santa Monica

SoCal Adaptive Sports/Desert Recreation District Community Tennis Program-- Palm Desert

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

Steamboat Tennis Association – Steamboat Springs

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

ACEing Autism - Washington, D.C.

ThanksUSA Veterans Adaptive Tennis Clinic – Washington, D.C.

ACE Program - Atlantic Beach

ACEing Autism – Coral Gables, Fort Myers, Fort Walkton Beach, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Stuart, Weston

Buddy Up Tennis - Lake Nona, 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 Sports 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            

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 – Damariscotta

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation - New Gloucester

Special Olympics Maine - South Portland

ACEing Autism – Boston, Charlestown, Martha's Vineyard, Sandwich, Wayland, Worcester

Adaptive Tennis Lessons - Lexington

EMARC Adaptive Tennis – Wakefield

Handi-Racket Tennis - Wayland

Harvard Recreation - Tennis - Boston

Lobstars Inclusive Tennis - Hanover

Love Serving Autism – Cambridge

Special Olympics Massachusetts - Marlborough

 

ACEing Autism – Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, Northville, Novi

Adaptive Tennis Camp – Mt. Pleasant

Adaptive Play Day - Holland

Bay City Unified Adaptive Tennis - Bay City

Buddy Up Tennis – Grand Rapids

Dearborn Public Schools – Dearborn

Got Ability Sports Tennis – Brighton    

Mary Free Bed Adaptive Tennis – Grand Rapids

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 – Ladue

All Abilities Tennis Program – Kansas City  

Buddy Up Tennis – St. Louis

Goals Adaptive Tennis - Joplin

One Love Tennis – Behavioral Health Pilot Program – Kansas City

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

ACEing Autism – Las Vegas, South Las Vegas

Inspiring Children Foundation -  Las Vegas

Tennis Buddies of Reno - Reno

Buddy Up Tennis - Lebanon

Count Me In, Inc. – Exeter, Hampton

15-Love – Albany, Rennsalaer, Schenectady, Troy

ACEing Autism – Cooperstown, Flushing, Great Neck, Ithaca, Port Washington, 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

Hero, Inc. - Scarsdale

Highland Park Tennis Association – Brooklyn  

Jawonio - Adaptive Tennis - New Hempstead

Love Serving Autism - Farmingdale

Orange County Aces – Montgomery, Newburgh

RCTA Adaptive Tennis Programs - Riverside Park, New York City

Rockland Hospital Guild  - Orangeburg

Serve and Return, Inc. – Farmingdale

Serving Heroes - Kings Park, 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 

Tennis for Life – Orangeburg

Westside Challenger Tennis - Brockport

Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina – Albermarle, Apex, Asheville, Belmont, Brunswick County, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Clayton, Concord,  Dare County, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Hickory, Kinston, Monroe, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, 

Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

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

CAST: Carolinas Adaptive Standing Tennis - Greensboro

Pegasus - Brunswick County 

Tennis for Life - Western Wake Tennis Assn. - Cary

ACEing Autism – Akron, Columbus, Toledo

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

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation - Cincinnati

NLA Superstar Tennis - Lancaster

Thrive Through Tennis Foundation – Broadview Heights

Walnut Hills Outreach - Cincinnati

ACEing Autism - Drexel Hill, Manheim, Pittsburgh, Radnor, Wallingford

Athletes with Disabilities Network Northeast – North Wales 

All In-Adaptive Tennis! - Lititz  

Buddy Up Tennis - Pittsburgh, Scranton

Cheltenham Youth Tennis - Wyncote 

Fred Perrin's USA Tennis - Feasterville

Greater Pottstown Tennis & Learning - Pottstown

Highland Park Free Blind/VI Tennis - Pittsburgh

Lebanon County Special Olympics - Myerstown

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education - Philadelphia

Love Serving Autism – Allentown

Northampton County – Easton   

Philadelphia Sunchasers - Philadelphia

Project Elijah Empowering Autism-PEEA – Philadelphia  

Slippery Rock University Recreational Therapy Program - Slippery Rock

Special Olympics Pennsylvania Montgomery County Tennis Program – Gwynedd Valley

SportAbility Day – Philadelphia  

Tennis Central - Lancaster

The Tennis Buddies Squad - Montgomery County

ACEing Autism - East Providence, Newport

Adaptive Tennis – Greenville

Advantage Tennis Foundation – Columbia

Area 14, Anderson County Special Olympics – Anderson 

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

City of Charleston Therapeutic Recreation Unified Tennis - Charleston

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 - Nashville

Cookeville Adaptive Tennis - Cookeville

Love Tennis – Nashville 

Smashing Aces Tennis - Germantown

SPUD Tennis - Nashville

Bennington Aces - Bennington

ACEing Autism – Richmond, Williamsburg

Black Girls Tennis Club - Norfolk

First Volley, OPAF – Falls Church

Love Serving Autism - Richmond

Sportable - Richmond

Piedmont Area Tennis Association - Ivy

Adaptive Tennis Kick-Off Event - Blacksburg

ACEing Autism - Huntington

Grayhound Youth Sports – Northfork

Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy - Wheeling




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 - Greg Boyd (317) 669-0448

 

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

 

USTA New England - Mavi Sanchez-Skakle (508) 366-3450 ext.115

 

USTA Northern California - Charrisha Watkins (301) 335-9870

 

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

 

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

 

USTA Southern California - Andy Schwich (310) 567-7531

 

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

 

USTA Southwest - Kelsey Richman (602) 412-3618

 

USTA Texas - Cindy Benzon (832) 264-7773