Winston-Salem Adaptive Open

Please join us for two full days of tennis competition (and Thursday night warm up). This is a singles tournament with options including short and full court and skills competition. Thursday night, for those who are available, we will have approximately and hour of practice and work on divisioning. After play on Friday, we will have dinner and a movie at Vision Tennis Center. Saturday night we will have pizza and ice cream. Don’t miss your chance to join athletes from all around the East Coast at this National Tournament!


Thursday 5:30pm Player Registration 6:00 – 7:00pm Divisioning/ Practice

Friday 9:00am Competition Begins and Skills Court Opens. Evening movie and dinner.

Saturday 9:00am Competition Begins and usually ends between 3:30 and 4:00. Evening social with pizza and ice cream will be available for all who can stay.


Athlete Registration Volunteer Registration


6th Annual Charlotte Special Olympics Tennis Tournament


6th Annual Charlotte SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Tennis Tournament


Participants will compete in one of four ability levels:

–        Level-1 “Skills”: Foam balls, coach feed.

–        Level-2 “Short Court”: Small court, foam ball – singles play.

–        Level-4 “Transition”: Full court, green-dot low compression balls – singles play.

–        Level-5 “Match Play”: Full court, regular yellow balls – singles play.


In addition to singles, “Short Court”, “Transition”, and “Match” players can participate in Unified Doubles.  This is an extremely rewarding format for both volunteers and athletes.  Volunteers with tennis experience can sign up, (the day of the tournament), to be paired with an athlete as a doubles team.


DATE:                    Saturday, April 8th, 2017


TIME:                         10:00 AM – 10:30AM   Athlete check-in and volunteer training meeting

10:30AM   Welcome and opening ceremony

11:00AM – 3:00PM   Singles play (Lunch served to athletes between matches)

11:00AM – 1:00PM   Skills competition (Includes lunch and awards)

3:00PM    Awards presentation (singles play)

3:30PM – 5:00PM   Unified Doubles play


LOCATION:            Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club                                                                                                        8401 Sharon Lakes Road                                                                                                                Charlotte, NC 28210



Hosted by:          Charlotte Special Olympics Tennis and the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club


Free Event:         There is no entry fee to participate in this event. Lunch will be provided for all Athletes and Coaches


Registration:       Although there is no fee, all players must register on-line.

To access the online registration form click here: REGISTRATION FORM                  Additional information can be found by visiting


For additional information, contact Jeff Beard at


Registration Deadline:            Saturday, March 25th, 2017


Want to volunteer for this event?    Contact Dori Cazorla at:

9th Annual Winter Chill

Abilities Tennis of NC, serving athletes with intellectual disabilities, recently hosted its 9th Annual Winter Chill tournament at NC State University. Over 70 athletes from around the state traveled to participate in this event on Saturday, December 3rd at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.

The Winter Chill tournament featured full court and short court doubles play for the athletes as well as a clinic, and player interaction with the NC State women’s tennis team. Lou Welch, Abilities Tennis Executive Director, stated just how important this event is to everyone involved.

Winter Chill gives our athletes the opportunity to compete in an exciting venue where they can come together and socialize, exercise, and show off the tennis skills they have been honing all year long,” Welch said.  “Having the NC State women’s tennis team acting as referees, instructing them and then playing with them, is a big drawing card for this event.  It is certainly one of our highlight events of the year.

The NC State women’s tennis team has been involved with this event since the inaugural Winter Chill tournament in 2007. Anna Rogers (Center), a freshman on the team, said she was honored to give back to the community and be a part of this event.

“When my coach told us about this event, I got so excited because I love helping out…We’re having so much fun, there’s so much energy, there is Christmas music, I just love it,” Rogers said. “This event is important because we need to make people aware of organizations like [Abilities Tennis], because not everybody knows about it or not everybody gets involved. But when people come out to these events, they really love it and they embrace it. I feel like everyone would be happy making these kids happy.”

When asked about her favorite part of the event, Rogers didn’t hesitate. “I like reffing a lot! You get to cheer [the athletes] on, and say good try or good shot. Then when they smile, it just makes me happy”.

In addition to the NC State women’s tennis team, over 60 volunteers from local High Schools and other organizations, along with those who show up yearly, came to assist with activities throughout the day.

Each year we have many of the same volunteers showing up because they know the heartwarming affect it has on all who attend,” Welch said. “There is a growing community surrounding these athletes, cheering for them on the court and off.  We, the supporters, leave the event each year feeling a sense of peace and a renewal of focus on what is truly important.”

Abilities Tennis holds tournaments and clinics throughout the year. For more information about this organization and its efforts, please visit


Article courtesy of USTA North Carolina.  You can read the complete article and see additional photographs by clicking here.

Winter Chill


Winter Chill will take place at J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center at NC State University, 1050 Varsity Dr. Raleigh, NC 27607. Abilities Tennis of NC (ATANC) is in it’s 9th year of holding the Annual Winter Chill  tennis tournament for those with intellectual disabilities.

We need almost as many volunteers as athletes to run the tournament.  Some of the volunteer positions will be helping athletes stand in the right position, ball pick up, cheerleader, arts and crafts needs, lunch needs and also we will need a medical person on stand by throughout the day.  Please sign up for half day or a whole day!