Missouri Valley / Heart Of America

Junior Wheelchair Tennis Clinics Hosted by The Whole Person Kick Off April 14

Sydney Hamilton | March 22, 2022

Attention, parents: registration is now open for the Junior Wheelchair Tennis Clinics hosted by The Whole Person! Children ages 5-17 with physical limitations who are interested in taking up tennis are invited to attend these clinics, which will take place each Thursday at 6 p.m. from April 14-May 19 at the Northland Racquet Club in Kansas City. 


The goals of the Junior Wheelchair Tennis Clinic are to allow participants to explore the game of tennis in a fun and interactive environment while learning the basic skills needed to play the sport. Racquet skills, improvement of hand/eye coordination, groundstrokes, and volleys will also be of emphasis. Each hour-long clinic will be coached by wheelchair tennis players Jarvis Stirn and Jeff Walker, as well as TWP Adaptive Sports Program Manager Dr. Melissa Burns, Psy.D.


Safety is of the utmost importance at these clinics, so it is asked that participants be able to follow 1-3 directions at a time and be free of seizures for at least two months. It is also preferred that participants be able to push a manual wheelchair without assistance. If the player is not physically independent, that’s okay! However, it is asked that caregivers be present for assistance if not.


Clinic participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment; however, there will be racquets and sports chairs available for children who may not have access to their own. You can indicate your child’s equipment needs on the registration form.


If you’re interested in signing your child up for these clinics, please click here to register, then click here to sign the waiver. Payment of the $35 participation fee can be made securely online by clicking here.


If you’d like to learn more about the junior wheelchair tennis program, please contact Dr. Burns by calling (816) 627-2220 or emailing mburns@thewholeperson.org.

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