President’s Message

President’s Message: Annual Report


2016 was a banner year for Abilities Tennis! Here are just a few of our accomplishments:

·        Served over 300 athletes with intellectual disabilities

·        Coordinated  clinics from Asheville to Wilmington

·        Added 2 new statewide tournaments

·        Sponsored, hosted and supported annual statewide and national tournaments

·        Hosted Play Days across the state

·        Worked with summer camps to provide tennis as an activity

·        Showcased Abilities athletes at 2 professional tournaments, Winston Salem and Cary

·        Held “Train the Trainer Sessions,” empowering others to work with Abilities athletes

·        Increased awareness of ATANC through events, fundraisers and social media

·        Instituted the ATANC Volunteer of the Year Award

A special congratulations to Meghan Kofod, ATANC’s Volunteer of the Year. Meghan has graciously donated her time and talent to create and maintain our website and social media. Without Meghan’s outstanding contributions, ATANC would not be able to serve athletes, coaches and volunteers in the on-line arena. Many thanks to Meghan for her work!

ATANC has new and exciting things planned for 2017. Play Days will incorporate Unified Doubles throughout the state. Clinics will continue to expand in new locations. Tournaments will grow to serve more athletes. Fundraising is on-going, with plans for a bigger and better Footprints event next fall, and other activities throughout the year.

The ATANC Board of Directors saw changes in 2016. After several years of service, Sally Hunter retired. Steve Vargas and Alex Rucker joined the Board, bringing new energy and ideas to ATANC’s mission. 2017 will bring changes to the Board of Directors as well. After serving for four years, I will be leaving, as will Vice President of Finance, Susan Lemmons. We have enjoyed working with all of you to grow this organization and serve Abilities Athletes. I will continue to promote and advocate for Abilities Tennis at the national level, as I have been appointed to serve on the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Adaptive Committee.

Cameron Rosenow has been elected as the new President of ATANC. Congratulations, Cameron! Look for Cameron’s Message from the President in the new year.

Abilities Tennis would not be successful without you. Your support is invaluable. Thanks again for all you do to make tennis available to Abilities Athletes. Hope to see you on the courts!

Jessie Taliaferro

ATANC  Immediate Past President


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