Winter Chill

North Carolina State University will be host for the 10th Annual Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina’s Winter Chill Tennis Tournament!


9:00-9:30am Athletes Registration

8:45-9:15am Volunteer Sign-In

9:30am Welcome from NCSU Coach, Simon Earnshaw and Lou Welch, Executive Director of ATANC

9:45am Play Begins!

12:00-1:30pm Lunch (staggered format)

1:30- 3:30 or 4:00pm Play continues! Closing Ceremony

Athletes can choose to play skills court, short court, or full court. Athletes will also have the opportunity to partner with the NCSU women’s tennis team.

This year we will continue with the tradition of bringing t-shirts (new and gently used) for students to take to Guatemala on a mission trip in February. Thanks in advance!

Sponsored by North Carolina Tennis Association, Western Wake Tennis Association and Raleigh Tennis Association

Also, thanks to students Kathryn Haile, Callie Oliveira, Pete Garrabrant and Cammy Welch, for working on the steering committee to bring the Winter Chill back for an 10th year


Lucky Duck Tourney

Eventbrite - Abilities Tennis Lucky Duck Unified Doubles Tournament

Get ready for Unified Doubles and Skills Fun

Grab your doubles partner and register for the 1st Abilities Lucky Duck Tournament! Need a partner? We’ll find one for you for Unified or Partner Doubles. Participation is free!


9:30am – Player Sign In

10:00am – 12:00pm – Doubles Play with  Short court and Full court option.

12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm-3:30ish pm – Doubles play continues, both full court and short court.

Skills Clinic Court

In addition to the tournament we will be holding a Skills Clinic. If you are a new or beginner level athlete with intellectual disabilities come on out and join the fun!

One Session: 10:00 – 11:30am


Rhonda Blanchard Memorial Shootout


Rhonda Blanchard served as the Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at Middle Creek High School from 2009 until her untimely passing in February 2015. She was a great supporter of the game of tennis and loved her school and players. She was also a teacher and advocate for special needs students at Middle Creek. This tournament will honor her memory and raise funds for the Abilities Tennis Association of NC ( whose mission is to provide and support tennis opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities across the state of North Carolina.


Saturday, August 5th, 2017, 8:00am Start Time


Kildaire Farms Racquet & Swim Club (6 Hard Courts)

Farmington Woods Tennis Courts (4 Hard Courts)


Shootout using 8-person Compass Draw, Best 2 out of 3 sets with match tiebreaker for 3rd set and No-Ad Scoring.


$30 per player (There is NO RAIN DATE. This is a charity event; therefore, no refunds are possible).


Boys & Girls Singles (12-16): 78’ Green Ball 12, 78’ Yellow Ball 14-16. Draws limited to 8 entrants. Only 1 Division per player.


A complimentary lunch will be provided for the players at the Kildaire Farms tournament site. In addition, a Unified Doubles exhibition will take place during the lunch hour. Unified Doubles means an Abilities athlete will team up with a high school player!


Bull City Tennis Tournament


Abilities Tennis and Hope Farms Valley YMCA are teaming up to present a fun round robin tennis tournament for Abilities Tennis players in NC. We will start play on Friday afternoon, August 4th at 3:30 PM (check in starts at 3:00) and after sweating it out, we will have a pool party followed by pizza! We hope you all can join us for this fun event.

We are grateful to Hope Valley YMCA for allowing us to use their facilities and for Gonzo as he will be running the skills clinic.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

*Format (singles or doubles) will be determined depending on number of participants.

*Rain date will be determined.



We need volunteers for this tournament! Check in for the athletes will begin at 3:00 and play will start at 3:30 with tennis ending around 5:00. The pool and pizza party will begin! If you are available, we need your help in all areas from keeping score to picking up balls.