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500+

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PROGRAMS ACROSS NC

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EVENTS

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.

TENNIS IS A LIFETIME SPORT FOR EVERYONE

Watch this 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.

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.

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.
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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