Dear Abilities Tennis Community,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.
Abilities Tennis has continued to grow and expand despite the challenges that the COVID pandemic has caused. These unprecedented times have called for Abilities Tennis to be creative, patient and most importantly find ways to stay engaged with each other. We have been reminded during these strange times how much we need each other and how community is our lifeline. Abilities Tennis is an incredible community bringing athletes, families and volunteers together across the great state of North Carolina.
Each January we look back at the accomplishments of the previous year and it is always rewarding to see the activity and involvement across the state. As we experience a groundswell of support for ATANC through increased participation and generous financial donations, we are able to continue to steadily increase tennis opportunities and programs for those with intellectual disabilities. Please see below the 2021 highlights.
Due to the most successful fundraiser to date, ATANC has plans to expand at a faster rate in 2022. In February, five Abilities Tennis head coaches will attend the PTR Adaptive Training in Hilton Head. We will be adding a representative, Hani Nassar of Hickory, to grow the clinic sites in the western part of the state. We are adding a seventh tournament in Greensboro, and we are currently working on two new clinic sites with plans to add many more. We are able to hire tennis professionals to run many of the Abilities Tennis clinics. Lastly, we are able to provide more equipment for each location allowing our athletes the opportunity to maximize their time on the courts.
President, Abilities Tennis Association of NC