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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