Missouri Valley / Oklahoma

First Ever Tennis Special Olympics Event Held at Edmond Center Court

Casey McKenzie | November 03, 2023

History was made in Edmond, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 28th as Special Olympics Oklahoma (SOOK) hosted its inaugural tennis competition. The day was filled with camaraderie, spirit, and fierce competition as over 40 athletes and Unified® partners took to the courts at Edmond Center Court. This momentous occasion marked a significant milestone for the organization, as they ventured into the world of tennis, expanding opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to showcase their remarkable talents and sportsmanship. 


Special Olympics Oklahoma's expansion into tennis has opened up a world of possibilities for athletes with disabilities. It's a testament to the organization's commitment to providing opportunities for these individuals to thrive and achieve their full potential. The success of this inaugural tennis event is sure to inspire future competitions and continue to enrich the lives of Special Olympics athletes in the years to come.

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With the support of dedicated volunteers, passionate coaches, and the generous hospitality of Edmond Center Court, this event not only marked a historic moment but also served as a beacon of hope and inclusivity for athletes with intellectual disabilities. David Minihan, the Tennis Hall of Famer and the driving force behind this initiative, also shared his enthusiasm, "it was a fantastic event and would not have been possible without the leadership of the Oklahoma Special Olympics and all the volunteers."  "We learned a lot  and look forward to putting on more events in the future that will include a stop in Tulsa.  These events will prepare the athletes for the summer games in Stillwater which will begin May 15th."  


For more information go to: https://www.specialolympics.org

Click Here for pictures from the event. 



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