GRANTS AT WORK New Wheelchair an Ace in New England 

Thomas Dodd | July 25, 2017

Wheelchair tennis will keep rolling on in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, thanks to a generous grant facilitated by the USTA Foundation.


The South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation (SCWTF), a nonprofit organization, has been promoting the game of wheelchair tennis throughout southeastern Massachusetts and the state of Rhode Island since 2016. Through on-court game and technical instruction, the SCWTF has improved and developed disabled athletes’ abilities on the tennis court.


In November 2016, the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, facilitated the donation of an Invacare Wheelchair and $5,000 to the SCWTF. “We’re quite thankful for the USTA for awarding us the grant and the wheelchair,” said SCWTF President Thomas Dodd, “It has enabled us to expand our program, allowing new players to jump in and strap in and get to try the sport.”


The top pro wheelchair, which was donated by The Nielsen Foundation, arrived just in time for SCWTF’s winter clinics, as well as a round robin doubles tournament held in the spring. The grant funds have been used for the purchase of equipment and operating costs of a nonprofit.


With the recent addition of six new players and the new wheelchair, the SCWTF will hit the ground rolling into their summer clinic which is held for four hours every Monday at the Tennis Club at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. SCWTF plans to continue to help grow wheelchair tennis through the recruitment of new volunteer instructors to help new players to develop their game skills and have their current athletes enter local competitions.  


For further information about the South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, please contact Thomas Dodd or visit the South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation website at

Skip Advertisement


Related Articles

  • Maylee Phelps
    Phelps named WC junior OTY
    December 06, 2023
    American Maylee Phelps closed out a breakthrough 2023 season with the ITF's top prize for junior wheelchair tennis players. She's been named the female Wheelchair Tennis Junior of the Year. Read More
  • National
    WTC: Juniors place second
    May 07, 2023
    The U.S. junior World Team Cup team finished second at the 2023 BNP Paribas World Team Cup for its best placing in six years. Read More
  • Thomas Venos
    Venos defends at CWC
    April 17, 2023
    Thomas Venos of the University of Alabama won the 'A' singles title at the 2023 USTA Collegiate Wheelchair National Championships for his third straight triumph at the event. Read More