ADAPTIVE / WHEELCHAIR
Adaptive / Wheelchair Tennis
USTA Texas supports and promotes our adaptive and wheelchair tennis programs through education,
Additionally, we offer several opportunities for those interested in volunteering their time to help those with disabilities. Our volunteers are doing more than simply teaching these individuals how to play a game – they are creating opportunities to further integrate them successfully into their communities and paving a path to
In 2006, USTA Adaptive Tennis was created in an effort to promote the benefits, develop the techniques, and grow the resources of tennis for anyone with a disability.
Tennis has many benefits for both
Adaptive tennis may apply to individuals who may have some form of physical or intellectual disability, including hearing impairment, blindness/visual impairment, dwarfism/short stature, birth defect(s), previous stroke(s), Downs Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other intellectual disabilities. Some of the adaptive events and affiliations USTA Texas is involved with include Special Olympics Texas Area Games and Chapter Games, Fundación Miradas de Esperanza, Wounded Warriors,
Blind and Visually Impaired Texans Can Still Play Tennis
In 1976, Brad Parks, a very talented skier with a promising future in the sport, was involved in a skiing accident that left him paralyzed from the hips down. Rather than fighting the physical limitations brought on by his disability, he began to embrace them. In 1980, Parks and others formed the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis, and the game became an internationally recognized sport. Wheelchair tennis grew into an event for the Paralympic Games, and Parks became a gold medalist in 1992. Today, wheelchair tennis is played in more than 100 countries, 150 professional tennis tournaments annually, and is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
USTA Texas offers several opportunities for individuals to participate in Wheelchair Tennis, including Run/Roll events, camps
The USTA allows those interested in adaptive tennis opportunities to connect with programs that best suit their needs.