Tennis games adapted for athletes with intellectual disabilities

Are you interested in getting out on the court with your son, daughter, or friend but don’t know what games to play.  Alley Rally is a game that is perfect for persons of all ability levels and you don’t need a tennis court to play.  To adapt the game to persons with intellectual disabilities, use foam “quick start” tennis balls

Here’s how to play Alley Rally

This game is played in pairs and requires two racquets and three balls. Place two balls approximately
4-feet apart on the court. Each player stands next to a ball and faces his or her partner. The third ball
is put into play gently with a bounce-hit. The object is to hit the partner’s ball.

Hope you enjoy this game!!


Tournament for the books

The 6th annual Winter Chill Adaptive Tennis Tournament, on December 7th 2013, will go down in the history books as the best Abilities Tennis has to offer. Our goal was to offer a fun day of tennis the athletes would never forget.

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Volunteers needed for the Winter Chill Tennis Tournament

Volunteer for the 6th annual Winter Chill Adaptive Tennis Tournament

Saturday, December 7th
10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
NCSU J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center

Would you like to get involved in one of the most incredible events put on by Abilities Tennis Association?

What makes this event incredible?  Not only do we have 6 teenagers volunteering many hours organizing and running this event, we have the NC State Women’ Tennis team, Adopt a Unit (USTA military outreach) and depend on around 130 volunteers all to make a special day for our adaptive athletes. This year we are expecting around 90-100 athletes from all over NC and one from SC.   The NC State Women’s tennis team are officials during the day and then partner with the  athletes for Unified Doubles competition.

For the 2nd year we are adopting a military unit. Last year we sent over 300 pairs of socks and notes written by the athletes to a unit in Afghanistan.

One of the goals of Abilities Tennis, formerly Adaptive Tennis Association of NC,  is to offer opportunities for people with Intellectual Disabilities to compete in tennis. Whether you can barely hold a racket in your hand to high level play, we want them out on the tennis courts. The athletes are the stars of the day and they love it. For the past year we have been going into WCPSS working with PE teachers, Special Ed teachers and the PEPI program to bring adaptive tennis to the special needs classes. We have had wonderful success and we are hoping many of those students will come out for this event.

We could use your help, please register here


6th Annual Winter Chill Tournament

December 7, 2013 – December 7, 2013

1050 Varsity Drive

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Adaptive Tennis Association of NC is pleased to announce the


6th Annual Winter Chill Tournament

Sponsored by Western Wake Tennis Association

and Raleigh Tennis Association

North Carolina State University will be host for the 6th annual Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina Winter Chill Tennis Tournament. Matches will be held at NCSU’s J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. Tournament registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the tournament and dance from 10a.m.- 7p.m.

The tournament, sponsored by the Western Wake Tennis Association and the Raleigh Tennis Association, will bring many exceptional tennis players with intellectual disabilities from cities throughout North Carolina to Raleigh. The Tournament Directors include the NCSU women’s tennis team and six students (Emily Ratliff, Marisa Anthony, Emma Marx, Chris Bollinger, Cassie Bollinger, and Madi Vanarthos). Each of the six teenagers, who are either enrolled in N.C. State or in high school, have dedicated many hours to planning the tournament and are excited to provide this amazing opportunity to athletes with special needs.

Tournament play in the morning will consist of singles play, with doubles play in the afternoon. We offer skills, short court, and full court. During doubles, the players have the opportunity to partner with the NCSU women’s tennis team and other local players.

We are also pleased to announce that for the 2nd year we are partnering with “Adopt a Unit” to collect socks for our troops in Afghanistan. We have set a high goal of collecting 750 pairs of socks so please bring as many socks with you as you can for donation.

The tournament athletes can look forward to playing some great matches, great food, a lively dance, and gifts. The tournament is open to tennis players of all ages with intellectual disabilities.

The Winter Chill could not be possible without volunteers, grants and donations from the community.


To find out about volunteer opportunities, please contact: Emily Ratliff at ATANC is dedicated to providing a positive tennis experience by enhancing the mental, physical, emotional, and social well being of individuals with intellectual disabilities by introducing and developing the skills required to participate and compete in the sport of tennis.


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