WELCOME TO ABILITIES TENNIS!

Bringing health, friendship, and community to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the sport of tennis.

Serving adults and children ages 8 and up

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A LIFETIME SPORT FOR EVERYONE

Watch the video to hear from our parents, coaches, and athletes about why they love tennis and the Abilities Tennis program.

WHY TENNIS?

Tennis can be modified in many ways to help athletes with intellectual disabilities stay active, get fit, and experience success.

Players get the exercise they need while meeting new friends and developing and reaching their own goals
Some players start by first observing or by simply walking or running on the court.
Every athlete’s progression is unique. One-on-one attention helps athletes achieve success.
You’ll find players here at all levels: from first-time-on-the-court beginner to highly competitive, playing in USTA leagues or on their school teams.

IMPACT

500+

ATHLETES

5098

VOLUNTEER HOURS

32

PROGRAMS ACROSS NC

298

EVENTS

A COURT FOR EVERY PLAYER

Players train and compete on a court matching their skill level - from beginner to highly competitive. Each court has at least one coach and 1:1 ratio of volunteers to athletes.

Section 1

SKILLS COURT

Athletes perform a variety of tennis-based skills with foam or red dot balls. Coaches will also feed the ball to the athlete on a QuickStart or shortened tennis court. At tournaments, points are given for successful skill completion.

SHORT COURT

Provides a transition for athletes who have been successful on Skills Court and want to start playing points. Downsized court boundaries allow athletes to be more successful as they work on developing their foot work and learning tennis strategy. Doubles and Unified Doubles play.

FULL COURT

Singles, Doubles, and Unified Doubles utilizing the full tennis court and regular tennis balls. Modifications are made to control the length of matches through no-ad scoring and options for short sets.

FIND A PROGRAM NEAR YOU

Click on a county or city to see tennis opportunities and registration information. Come play, coach, or volunteer!

Click on a city or county tab to see programs available in that area and registration information.

Albemarle Clinics

We’re excited to bring Abilities Tennis to this new location!

Location, Time, and sign-up information is coming soon

Apex Clinics

Apex Clinics are a joint partnership between Apex Parks and Recreation, Western Wake Tennis Association, and ATANC.

Participants will have the chance to learn the fundamentals of the game such as backhand, forehand, and groundstrokes. Racquets are provided but are limited so it is helpful if you can provide your own.

Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic.

Coach Jessica Rigney

2021 Schedule

Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00pm
September 19 – October 24

Location

Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC 27511

Registration

Clinic registration is through the Town of Apex, Parks and Recreation Dept.

Fall Registration link coming soon

Contact Allie Prelaske for information.
919-249-3507

Volunteer Opportunities

We would love to have you help out at the clinics! Training is required. Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.

Asheville Clinics

A non-competitive, introductory tennis program. Players learn basic tennis skills while building strength, confidence, and social skills.

2021 Schedule

Dates and Times TBD

Registration Information

Registration is through the City of Asheville website through their Therapeutic Recreation programs.

Contact the TR Program Office at 828-259-5483 for more information.

Please bookmark this link for future clinic registration.

Belmont Clinics

Abilities Tennis in partnership with Belmont Parks and Recreation, bring you new clinics for players 8 and up.

2021 Schedule

Sundays
4:00 – 5:00pm

April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Registration

Click the link to register: https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/belmont

Location

Davis Park Tennis Courts
204 Park Dr, Belmont, NC 28012

Brunswick Southport Clinics

Two Programs: One for teens and one for adults

Middle and High School Student Clinics

Provided through the county’s Exceptional Children classes.  Home schooled teens are also welcome to attend.

Location

Smithville Township District Park
8340 SE River Road
Southport, NC.

Schedule

Dates: TBD
10:30AM -12:00PM

Middle school honors students from our PEGASUS program will be there to help our adult volunteers.

Adult Clinics

Wednesdays at Smithville Park from 10:30AM – 12:00PM. We are hoping to make this a year-round program.

Dates TBD

For more information contact Karen Holbrook

Cary Clinics

Abilities Tennis clinics in Cary are a joint partnership between Cary Parks and Recreation, Western Wake Tennis Association and Abilities Tennis Association of NC. Cary clinics are for players 8 and up.

2021 Schedule

Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm.

Registration

Contact Judy Newsome to register:  Judy.Newsome@townofcary.org

Phone:  (919) 462-2027

www.townofcary.org/gold

Location

All clinics held at Cary Tennis Park, 2727 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary, NC 27519

Volunteer Opportunities

We would love to have you help out at the clinics!  Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.

Summer Play Days 2021

Saturdays 4:00-5:15PM
July 10, 31 and August 14

Chapel Hill Tournament

Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in October in partnership with Special Olympics

Chapel Hill Clinics

Come join us for weekly clinics given by specially trained coaches and volunteers for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

2021 Schedule

Saturdays 4:00-5:30

More Dates Coming!

Location

The Chapel Hill Tennis Club
403 Westbrook Dr
Carrboro, NC 27510

Registration

Those interested please email Rich Green to make sure we have enough courts to accommodate players planning to come.

Clinics for Ages 8+ in partnership with Clayton Parks & Rec. Participants will learn the fundamentals, play games, and have fun! Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic. Buddy volunteers are provided by local high school athletes and the Clayton Youth Council.

Schedule

Sundays
October 3-24
1:00-2:00PM

Location

Clayton Community Park Tennis Courts
1075 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC

REGISTRATION

Athletes: https://claytonncparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program?category=5

Notes:

Participants must bring a labeled water bottle. We encourage everyone to wear sunscreen and dress in appropriate athletic attire, including footwear.

Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for lessons. For the safety of all participants, we encourage all parents/guardians/caretakers to observe the lessons from their vehicles or lawn chairs outside the fence.

For more COVID-19 safety guidelines from USTA Tennis, please visit: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html

In the event of inclement weather, the Recreation Program Coordinator will inform the class about make-up sessions.

By crossing the ‘red line’ and entering the Clayton Community Park Tennis Courts, you are affirming:
– I do not have COVID-19.
– I have not knowingly been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
– I do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a temperature/fever or chills.
– I will wear a mask the entire duration of class.

Concord Clinics

Les Myers Park

338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025

Sundays 5:00-6:00pm
March 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 16, 23

Head Coach Chad Oxendine
Email chad@amptennis.com to register or volunteer

Registration for athletes and volunteers: following COVID-19 safety guidelines –  limited space

Goldsboro Clinics

2021 Schedule

Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dates TBD

Location

Herman Park
900 Park Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Contact D’Leeshia Lee at DLee@goldsboronc.gov to register.

Greensboro Tournament

Sherwood Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in May

Greensboro Clinics

2021 Fall Schedule

Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
September 12 – October 24

Location

Grimsley High School
801 Westover Terrace
Greensboro

Registration

Please email Jinni Hoggard to register.

Greenville Clinics

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD

Location

River Birch Tennis Center
516 W. Arlington Blvd

Hendersonville

You now have 2 Locations

Partnership program between ATANC, Henderson Tennis Association, Henderson Country Club & Henderson County Parks & Recreation

Ages 8 years and older and all levels of tennis experience are welcome.

Pre-Registration required for clinics.

Hendersonville Country Club

1860 Hebron Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739

with Coach Pam Cloer

Schedule

Sundays
2:00-3:00PM

May 2 – June 6

Registration

Click here to register

Jackson Park

708 Glover St
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Saturdays
3:00 – 4:00pm

with Coach Dylan Jicha

Dates TBD

Registration

Will be available after dates are set

Call Hendersonville Parks and Rec to register: 828-697-4884

You can visit the office located at
708 Glover St, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Abilities Tennis in partnership with the Greater Hickory Tennis Association and Hickory Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism bring you free tennis clinics for athletes ages 8 and up.

2021 Schedule

SATURDAYS
4:00-5:00 PM
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22
JUNE 5, 12

Location

Hickory City Park Tennis Courts
1581 12th St Dr NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Registration

Click here to register (then click on the tennis tab)

Kinston

These clinics are a partnership between Kinston Parks and Recreation Department, Radd, and Abilities Tennis.

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD
Saturdays 10:00-11:00

Registration

Registration is through Kinston Parks and Recreation

Questions? April Houston, RADD
252-522-2814
radd.lenoir@gmail.com

or Lou Welch
919-606-4917
lou@atanc.org

Location

Bill Fay Park Tennis Courts
1003 Phillips Road
Kinston, NC

Lake Junaluska Tournament

Mountaineer Tournament – Annually in June

Outerbanks Dare County Clinics

We’re excited to bring Abilities Tennis to this new location!

OBXTA, Dare County Special Olympics and Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina are partnering to bring tennis for athletes with any disability ages 8 years and up

Location

Kill Devil Hills Parks and Recreation Tennis Courts
602 Mustian St. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

2021 Schedule

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Dates TBD

Pinehurst

Pinehurst Parks and Recreation department in partnership with Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina provide these tennis clinics to athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.

All levels of play whether you are just learning the basics or are a seasoned athlete with Special Olympics.

Parents/Caregivers are asked to stay for participants under 18.

2021 Schedule

Thursdays
5:00-6:30pm
Clinics have been postponed until Fall

Register

Visit Pinehurst Parks & Recreation Department Catalog page to register

Location

Tennis Courts, Rassie Wicker Park
10 Rassie Wicker Dr
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Please email Nicole Benbow for more information or call 919-856-6710 to register.

Raleigh Tournaments

Click on a tournament to see more details

Winter Chill – Annually on the first Saturday of December

Unified Doubles National Qualifier – Annually in September

Raleigh Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources are pleased to present tennis Clinics for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2021 Schedule

Saturdays
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Head Coach John Richardson

April 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, and 22

LOCATION

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center
1905 Spring Forest Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615

Registration

Athletes Click to Register

 

 

Need help or more information? Call 919-996-2147
If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

Volunteer

We would love to have you volunteer at the clinics! Help is needed every week.
We sign Community Service Hours forms.

Sign up now to Volunteer!

Questions? email Lou Welch .

Salem College Clinics

Coach Ed Steel and the Salem College Tennis Team along with Coach Charles Hunsucker host Abilities Tennis Clinics for players ages 8 and up.

2021 Schedule

Time:  11:00 – 12:00

Location

Salem College Tennis Courts

https://abilitiessalemcollege.eventbrite.com

Salisbury

15 spots available for athletes (participants) and 15 for volunteers.

2021 Schedule

Saturdays, 2:00-3:00PM
Dates TBD

Cory Rockow, tennis pro at Country Club of Salisbury, is teaching the clinics along with several volunteers.

Register for one or all of the clinics depending on your schedule. Bring your tennis racquet if you have one, if not, we will provide you with one.

Volunteers

You will receive more information about a training on March 7th from 1:00 – 2:00pm before the first clinic.

Registration

Players and Volunteers Register Here

Wake Forest

2021 Schedule

Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00pm

September 11 – October 30

Location

Heritage High Park
1140 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Registration

Online registration coming soon. Contact Kelly Schurtz at 919-435-9559 with any questions.

For additional registration instructions and details on how to create a profile: Click here

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Lou@atanc.org if interested

Wilmington Tournaments

Swing Into Spring – Annually in mid-March
March 19, 2022

Wilmington Clinics

Join the fun and learn to play tennis. All levels from beginner to advanced. Practice includes drills, lessons, and match play.

Clinics are given by specially trained coaches and are open for all persons with intellectual disabilities. Including Special Olympics Tennis Practice

Location

Althea Gibson Tennis Center
Empie Park

2021 Schedule

Thursdays 4:30- 6:00pm
August 19 – November 18

Athletes must register to participate.

Registration

Email Coach Billie Fitzsimons to register: adaptivetennisWilm@gmail.com

A Medical Waiver is required and will be emailed to you to fill out in advance.(We’ll have them available just in case)

Questions? Contact Coach Billie Fitzsimons at 910-200-4101

Winston Salem Tournament

Winston Salem Adaptive Open – Annual Singles Tournament in April

Don’t see anything in your area? Please contact us about starting a program or scheduling a Play Day!

ALL PROGRAMS FREE OF CHARGE

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, plus grants from the USTA, we are able to provide all tennis programs free of charge to participants.

THANK YOU SPONSORS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

These partners provide year-long support of adaptive tennis through court time, equipment, on-court coaches, and volunteers.

It has been an absolute joy...

for all our family to participate in adaptive tennis events through Abilities Tennis of North Carolina over the past nine years. We have watched this segment of the sport, which serves some very special athletes, grow to heights we didn’t dream possible.

-Charles Hunsucker, Parent & Coach

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