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A berth in a national tennis tournament was on the line November 8, and some of the state’s best players had traveled to North Hills Club in Raleigh to do battle. In this case, though, the definition of battle involved plenty of hugs, smiles and high-fives. Despite the high stakes, the tournament’s competitors were really just happy to be there. This is the magic of adaptive tennis, a competitive and recreational sport for people living with disabilities. “What I’ve learned … read more
Abilities Tennis was well represented at the 2018 USTA North Carolina Awards luncheon in Pinehurst during Tennis Weekend. The 2017 Adaptive Tennis Award was given to Christie Elliott (middle) & Lou Welch (right). Christie started playing tennis in 2009 with the Adaptive Tennis program in Greensboro. Like most athletes, Christie began learning skills on the court, quickly moving on to play short court doubles and singles. Thanks to her dedication to the sport and hours of practice, she now plays … read more
Abilities Tennis of NC, serving athletes with intellectual disabilities, recently hosted its 9th Annual Winter Chill tournament at NC State University. Over 70 athletes from around the state traveled to participate in this event on Saturday, December 3rd at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Winter Chill tournament featured full court and short court doubles play for the athletes as well as a clinic, and player interaction with the NC State women’s tennis team. Lou Welch, Abilities Tennis Executive Director, … read more