Wilmington Clinic

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


Althea Gibson Tennis Center
Empie Park

2021 Schedule

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

Athletes must register to participate.


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


Swing into Spring Tournament in Wilmington

Get ready for the return of Unified Doubles!

Grab a your partner and register for the 10th Annual Swing into Spring!

Need a partner? We’ll find one for you. Participation is free.


9:00 am – 9:30 am – Player Registration

9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Group photo and Doubles play begins!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Skills Clinic court: If you are a new or beginner level athlete with intellectual disabilities, come on out and join the fun!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Doubles play continues, both full court and short court.

Tennis Carnival

At 4:00 pm a Tennis Carnival will be held for all registered athletes, unified partners, and clinic attendees. You will be hitting tennis balls for a chance to win prizes.


Athletes Register Here

Volunteers Register Here


It’s a Wrap: Wilmington’s “Swing into Spring” Adaptive Tennis Tournament

Wilmington’s “Swing into Spring” Adaptive Tennis Tournament is over except for the smiles. Saturday, April 12, turned out to be the perfect day for a tennis tournament. Athletes, unified partners, volunteers, and families, came together for 7 hours of awesome tennis. In addition to tennis, the day brought tennis players and volunteers alike the opportunity to rekindle old friendships, develop new friendships, and bring awareness to tennis for those with intellectual disabilities.

Thank you to our SPONSORS. There is never a fee charged to the Abilities Tennis athletes to take part in the year-round clinics and/or tournaments. We rely on donations from individuals, businesses and monies generated through fundraisers. Please support the following businesses who donated to our program this year:

GWTA (Greater Wilmington Tennis Association)
Setup Events
Victory Awards and Trophies
Tennis With Love
Food Lion
Harris Teeter
Krispy Kreme
Lowes Foods

Thank you to our VOLUNTEERS.  The Abilities Tennis athletes need your help to be able to enjoy the game. Whether you volunteered as a unified doubles partner, scorekeeper, ballboy/girl, photographer, at the tournament desk, on the tournament committee, or at the fundraiser, know that your involvement allows the Abilities Tennis athletes to shine on the court. And when they shine on the court, it carries over into their lives off the court.

Thank you to Wilmington’s Abilities Tennis COACHES.  Year-round, you give generously of your time, knowledge, and love of tennis. You help our athletes to build stronger minds and bodies. You encourage our athletes to reach higher in life. Thank you to Coach Bob, Coach Ginny, Coach Kris, Coach Laura, and Coach Noah.

See you on courts!




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