Winston Salem Adaptive Open

Good Afternoon!  This past weekend, May 14th – 16th,  we had a terrific time at the Winston Salem Adaptive Open!  We had athletes from all over the state and Boston, Mass convene at Vision Tennis Center in Clemmons NC.  Vision Tennis Center has 6 indoor courts they donate to the tournament.  They also donate lunches on Friday and Saturday and dinner Friday night.  Thursday evening was free play and we worked on setting up proper divisions.  Friday was a practice round for the” real” tournament on Saturday.  After completing singles, we played doubles and some athletes played unified doubles.  Friday evening after a delicious dinner from oSo Eats, we watched Night at the Museum.  Saturday evening after the tournament, many of the athletes and their families went to see Dash play, a minor league baseball game.

One of the highlights of the weekend was meeting Garret, a vivacious 9 year old boy who was experiencing his first competition in tennis.  There are some great pics on FB which show his enthusiasm!

Saturday afternoon we had an awards ceremony where every participant received a medal.  Many athletes had a few comments to make which included anything from expressing appreciation for the opportunity to compete to giving thanksgiving that no seizures had occurred in 6 months….this announcement brought cheers, hoots and hollers!

We had volunteers from the club and from the surrounding community.  We couldn’t do this event without our volunteers.  Thanks to Charles Hunsucker for organizing this group!  Also, a big thanks to the Boston group for making the trip down and raising the level of play!

It was a grand time and I think everyone is looking forward to next year!

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Upcoming Events and Town of Cary Award

Well, I think spring is around the corner!  We sure are counting on it with several events coming up.  This spring we will be having a Play Day on March 20th at Millbrook Exchange Park and then the Swing into Spring Tournament in Wilmington on April 11th, followed by the Winston- Salem Adaptive Open on March 14 – 16th.  I hope you all are planning ahead to make these three events.  Please sign up on line!

In spite of the snow this week, Abilities Tennis, along with Western Wake Tennis, had a warm welcome Monday night, February, 23rd, at the Town of Cary awards banquet.  ATANC and WWTA were recognized as Cary’s Partner Organizations of the Year for their weekly Abilities Tennis clinics hosted at Cary Tennis Park.

The Abilities Tennis clinics started last spring as a way for Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources department to help provide more adaptive programming for people with special needs.  In a partnership, Abilities Tennis provided the training, curriculum and equipment through grant monies provided by NC Tennis.  Western Wake’s,  Laura Weygandt organizes all the volunteers.  There are 2 pros who work with this clinic, Daniel Ebert and Reid Kinlaw.  There have been 55 volunteers to participate.  The clinics are available to 15 athletes and a wait list is fast approaching.

Watching these athletes grow in the sport of tennis has been exciting.  Seven of the 15 clinic participants played in the Annual Winter Chill at NC State University.  We are watching our mission being fulfilled through these athletes.  Via tennis, ATANC  provides exercise for the body, teaches tennis strategy to exercise the mind, and models patience and acceptance to further the social interactions of all our Abilities athletes.

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