Winston Salem Adaptive Open 2013 a great success

Good morning. “WICKED AWESOME” is what one athlete called the Winston Salem Adaptive Open. This quote was from Henry who lives in Boston. He has never travelled to a tennis tournament before and he had a blast. He has already committed to coming back next year as did all the players/coaches and parents.

For two and a half days we were closed away from the rest of the world as we played many hours of tennis, made new friendships, ate a lot of food, went to a baseball game and played more tennis. Even though it was pouring rain outside, it never affected what we were doing inside. Many thanks to Vision Tennis Center for opening up their doors and hearts for everyone. The facility is one of the best indoor facilities I have ever seen and the hospitality was heartfelt. Many thanks to Alex Rucker, David Livingood, Cacey Salpaugh, Nan Crisman and countless others who stepped up to help us. A special thanks goes out to John and Peggy Taylor who so generously donate use of the facility.
When you plan such an event like the Winston Salem Adaptive Open, knowing it is the first national adaptive tennis tournament in NC, you pull out all the guns. It all starts with an amazing team. The ATANC, Vision Tennis Center, USTA NC, NC Tennis Foundation, Winston Tennis Inc. and Visit Winston Salem provided all the funds so that all of our athletes and families didn’t have to pay to come and play. One of the goals of the ATANC is to provide adaptive tennis to everyone at no cost. Bringing together this special team made that happen.
Justin Hunsucker is a local Winston Salem athlete. His father Charles is his coach and the local Special Olympics coach. His mother Francis is the quiet behinds-the-scenes helper. Without this special family support, their desire for a local tournament, and all their friends and family, we could not have had this event. Justin’s passion for sharing his love of tennis with others and his love for his hometown was the key to bringing it all together. Charles along with RandellBlankenship helped gather all our outstanding volunteers.  Wearing bright yellow shirts,they brought such a sense of professionalism to the tournament. One of the volunteers, Neil, came out to help on Friday and stayed all day. He had so much fun that he came back for the second day and stayed. Our volunteers make such a difference. Thank you.
Finally our stars – the athletes. We had athletes from all over North Carolina, VA and Boston Mass. Overall we had 28 special needs athletes participate. The level of tennis from the short court players all the way up to the highest level full court players was a sight worth seeing. Old rivalries being renewed, new ones forming, words of encouragement to the opponent, thank you for the volunteers were all par of the game. I am constantly amazed at what these guys are able to do. From drop shots to lobs, to being able to see Nick serve the ball overhead. WOW. The hugs, the smiles, the laughter – and we all did laugh a lot – will fondly be remembered from this event. A special, special thank you goes out to the parents and coaches. Your incredible and faithful support, words of affirmation and the smiles on your faces when you watch your child or athlete compete is one of the main reasons the ATANC does what it does. We want to celebrate you too, thank you.
So after many months of planning, to having a vision of what we wanted to do. We can say without a doubt that the Winston Salem Adaptive Open was a huge success and we are already thinking about how we can do better next year. Thank you to all who came, all who volunteered and to our amazing athletes, YOU ROCK and, to quote Henry again,”The Winston Salem Adaptive Open will go in the record books as “WICKED AWESOME”
Kirstie Marx
Executive Director, ATANC
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Ist National tournament in NC-The Winston Adaptive Open

We are less than two weeks away from our first national tournament in NC. The Winston Adaptive Open will be held at the Vision Tennis Center in Clemmons, NC from May 16th-May18th. It is not too late to register, the registration will close on Monday May 6th.

We are offering full court, short court, doubles and unified doubles and skills. Athletes from NC and other states will have a couple of days of fun, tennis, games, making new friends and a baseball game. Go to the Events page under NC Tournaments for more info.

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2nd annual Fall Charlotte Challenge

We are getting ready for our next adaptive tournament here in NC. This is our 2nd year going to Charlotte. Last year we had a fantastic time, great matches, made new new friends and just a lovely day. Please join us again on Saturday September 8th from 9:30-4:30. There will be skills, short court, full court, singles, doubles and unified doubles. The Charlotte Tennis Association in partnership with the Jeff Adams Tennis Center and the ATANC will be hosting the event. The planning committee has had many meetings and they are ready with a wonderful day for both athletes and volunteers. To register go to the events page and click on NC Tournaments, then the Charlotte tournament. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Winston Adaptive Open

We had a wonderful day in Clemmons, NC at Vision Tennis Center. Athletes from as far as Wilmington, Raleigh, Jacksonville, Johnston County and Winston Salem played many hours of wonderful tennis. Many of the matches went to tie breakers and fun was had by all. The ATANC would like to thank Charles Hunsucker our local area director for all his hard work. We would also like to thank Vision Tennis Center and Alex Rucker who welcomed us with open arms. However our biggest thanks goes to all the volunteers who put in many hours picking up balls and officiating but I think they all would say having an opportunity to play with our athletes was the high light of the day.

Offering these tournaments throughout the year is so worth the effort. Our athletes are the stars and we are amazed at how much they are improving. We are proud of each of you for your wonderful attitudes, work ethic, big smiles and the BEST hugs, the friendships that are forming and for teaching each one of us how much fun tennis can be. We love you and look forward to the next tournament in Belton, SC and then we all meet up in Charlotte on September 8th.

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4th annual Winter Chill with NC State Women’s tennis team

Calling all athletes and volunteers!!!

Once again the ATANC is partnering with the NC State Women’s Tennis team and Western Wake Tennis Association for our 4th annual Winter Chill. This tournament is run by 4 local high school students. The tournament will start at 9:00 am and we will play 2 rounds of singles followed by unified doubles. For several years the athletes have asked to play with the NC State girls, well here is your chance. The Wolf Pack girls and volunteers are going to partner with the athletes to play some unified doubles. Lunch will be provided. First 50 volunteers to sign up get a free shirt. Register here on the site under NC tournaments. If you haven’t registered on the site please do so first. Once you are approved you can then register for the Winter Chill. See you in a few weeks.

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