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Bringing health, friendship, and community to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the sport of tennis.
Serving adults and children ages 8 and up
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Tennis can be modified in many ways to help athletes with intellectual disabilities stay active, get fit, and experience success.
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We’re excited to bring Abilities Tennis to this new location!
Location, Time, and sign-up information is coming soon
Apex Clinics are a joint partnership between Apex Parks and Recreation, Western Wake Tennis Association, and ATANC.
Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic. Participants will have the chance to learn the fundamentals of the game such as backhand, forehand, and groundstrokes. Racquets are provided but are limited so it is helpful if you can provide your own.
Coach Jessica Rigney
Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00pm
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC 27511
To register online: click here
Clinic registration is through the Town of Apex, Parks and Recreation Dept.
Contact Allie Prelaske for information.
We would love to have you help out at the clinics! Training is required. Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.
A non-competitive, introductory tennis program. Players learn basic tennis skills while building strength, confidence, and social skills.
Dates and Times TBD
Registration is through the City of Asheville website through their Therapeutic Recreation programs.
Contact the TR Program Office at 828-259-5483 for more information.
Please bookmark this link for future clinic registration.
Abilities Tennis in partnership with Belmont Parks and Recreation, bring you new clinics for players 8 and up.
4:00 – 5:00pm
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Click the link to register: https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/belmont
Davis Park Tennis Courts
204 Park Dr, Belmont, NC 28012
Brunswick Southport Clinics
Two Programs: One for teens and one for adults
Middle and High School Student Clinics
Provided through the county’s Exceptional Children classes. Home schooled teens are also welcome to attend.
Smithville Township District Park
8340 SE River Road
Middle school honors students from our PEGASUS program will be there to help our adult volunteers.
Wednesdays at Smithville Park from 10:30AM – 12:00PM. We are hoping to make this a year-round program.
For more information contact Karen Holbrook
Abilities Tennis clinics in Cary are a joint partnership between Cary Parks and Recreation, Western Wake Tennis Association and Abilities Tennis Association of NC. Cary clinics are for players 8 and up.
Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Contact Judy Newsome to register: Judy.Newsome@townofcary.org
Phone: (919) 462-2027
All clinics held at Cary Tennis Park, 2727 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary, NC 27519
We would love to have you help out at the clinics! Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.
Chapel Hill Tournament
Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in October in partnership with Special Olympics
Chapel Hill Clinics
Come join us for weekly clinics given by specially trained coaches and volunteers for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
More Dates Coming!
The Chapel Hill Tennis Club
403 Westbrook Dr
Carrboro, NC 27510
Those interested please email Rich Green to make sure we have enough courts to accommodate players planning to come.
Clinics for Ages 8+ in partnership with Clayton Parks & Rec. Participants will learn the fundamentals, play games, and have fun! Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic. Buddy volunteers are provided by local high school athletes and the Clayton Youth Council.
May 10 – June 28 (no class May 31)
Clayton Community Park Tennis Courts
1075 Amelia Church Road
Participants must bring a labeled water bottle. We encourage everyone to wear sunscreen and dress in appropriate athletic attire, including footwear.
Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for lessons. For the safety of all participants, we encourage all parents/guardians/caretakers to observe the lessons from their vehicles or lawn chairs outside the fence.
For more COVID-19 safety guidelines from USTA Tennis, please visit: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html
In the event of inclement weather, the Recreation Program Coordinator will inform the class about make-up sessions.
By crossing the ‘red line’ and entering the Clayton Community Park Tennis Courts, you are affirming:
– I do not have COVID-19.
– I have not knowingly been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the past 7 days.
– I do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a temperature/fever or chills.
– I will wear a mask the entire duration of class.
Les Myers Park
338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025
March 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 16, 23
Head Coach Chad Oxendine
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or volunteer
Registration for athletes and volunteers: following COVID-19 safety guidelines – limited space
Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
900 Park Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Contact D’Leeshia Lee at DLee@goldsboronc.gov to register.
River Birch Tennis Center
516 W. Arlington Blvd
You now have 2 Locations
Partnership program between ATANC, Henderson Tennis Association, Henderson Country Club & Henderson County Parks & Recreation
Ages 8 years and older and all levels of tennis experience are welcome.
Pre-Registration required for clinics.
Hendersonville Country Club
1860 Hebron Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739
with Coach Pam Cloer
May 2 – June 6
708 Glover St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
3:00 – 4:00pm
with Coach Dylan Jicha
Will be available after dates are set
Call Hendersonville Parks and Rec to register: 828-697-4884
You can visit the office located at
708 Glover St, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Abilities Tennis in partnership with the Greater Hickory Tennis Association and Hickory Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism bring you free tennis clinics for athletes ages 8 and up.
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22
JUNE 5, 12
Hickory City Park Tennis Courts
1581 12th St Dr NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Click here to register (then click on the tennis tab)
These clinics are a partnership between Kinston Parks and Recreation Department, Radd, and Abilities Tennis.
Registration is through Kinston Parks and Recreation
Questions? April Houston, RADD
or Lou Welch
Bill Fay Park Tennis Courts
1003 Phillips Road
Outerbanks Dare County Clinics
We’re excited to bring Abilities Tennis to this new location!
OBXTA, Dare County Special Olympics and Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina are partnering to bring tennis for athletes with any disability ages 8 years and up
Kill Devil Hills Parks and Recreation Tennis Courts
602 Mustian St. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Pinehurst Parks and Recreation department in partnership with Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina provide these tennis clinics to athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.
All levels of play whether you are just learning the basics or are a seasoned athlete with Special Olympics.
Parents/Caregivers are asked to stay for participants under 18.
Clinics have been postponed until Fall
Visit Pinehurst Parks & Recreation Department Catalog page to register
Tennis Courts, Rassie Wicker Park
10 Rassie Wicker Dr
Pinehurst, NC 28374
Please email Nicole Benbow for more information or call 919-856-6710 to register.
Click on a tournament to see more details
Winter Chill – Annually on the first Saturday of December
Unified Doubles National Qualifier – Annually in September
Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources are pleased to present tennis Clinics for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities.
Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Head Coach John Richardson
April 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, and 22
Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center
1905 Spring Forest Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615
Need help or more information? Call 919-996-2147
If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.
We would love to have you volunteer at the clinics! Help is needed every week.
We sign Community Service Hours forms.
Questions? email Lou Welch .
Salem College Clinics
Coach Ed Steel and the Salem College Tennis Team along with Coach Charles Hunsucker host Abilities Tennis Clinics for players ages 8 and up.
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Salem College Tennis Courts
15 spots available for athletes (participants) and 15 for volunteers.
Cory Rockow, tennis pro at Country Club of Salisbury, is teaching the clinics along with several volunteers.
Register for one or all of the clinics depending on your schedule. Bring your tennis racquet if you have one, if not, we will provide you with one.
You will receive more information about a training on March 7th from 1:00 – 2:00pm before the first clinic.
Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00pm
April 10, 17, 24
Heritage High Park
1140 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Click here or contact Kelly Schurtz at 919-435-9559 to register
For additional registration instructions and details on how to create a profile: Click here
Contact Lou@atanc.org if interested
Swing Into Spring – Annually in mid-March (starting again in 2022)
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
We will engage in social distancing. Masks worn until we are on the court.
Althea Gibson Tennis Center
March 11 – Jun 10
Thursdays 4:30- 6:00pm
Athletes must register to participate. Clinic limited to 20 registrants.
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
These partners provide year-long support of adaptive tennis through court time, equipment, on-court coaches, and volunteers.