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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

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. Due to circumstances necessitated as a result of COVID-19, the grant program has been suspended. Check back soon for further updates.


At this time, however, there is a new USTA Grow the Game Grant available. To see if your organization is eligible, refer to the information and the link below. The USTA will be awarding $3 million in grants to organizations that have existing programs or start new programs for beginners or to re-engage lapsed players between May 1-November 1, 2021. Programs must be open to the public and have a minimum of eight players for group instruction (not private lessons). Programs can serve either adults or youth but must have a minimum of four sessions. One-day events or summer camps that do not offer a follow-up opportunity to play are not eligible.

 

Funds can cover such expenditures as coaching costs, equipment, marketing, cleaning and sanitizing. Applications will be accepted between now and Oct. 1. A validation report will be due on Dec. 1. For more information and to apply, visit usta.com/growthegame.

National Adaptive Championship Tournament

The 2021 National Adaptive Championship scheduled to take place at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. has been cancelled. This Unified Doubles tournament, as well as the USTA sectional qualifier tournaments, are expected to return in 2022. When available, information will be posted here.

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

Serving Advantage – Orange

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

Steamboat Tennis Association – Steamboat Springs

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

Love Serving Autism – Cambridge

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 

Tennis for Life – Orangeburg

Westside Challenger Tennis - Brockport

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