LOCATIONS

Abilities Tennis serves adults and children ages 8 and up with intellectual disabilities. Clinics focus on tennis instruction and fitness. Every athlete is placed on a court according to the player's skill level. Each court has an average 1:1 ratio of coaches and volunteers to athletes. Choose from nearly 30 locations around the state of North Carolina!

This is where tennis begins.

Click on a county or city near you to see details.

Click on a city or county to see programs available in that area. Don’t see one near you? We’re here to support you! Contact us about starting a new clinic.

Apex Clinics

Apex Clinics are a joint partnership between Apex Parks and Recreation, Western Wake Tennis Association, and ATANC. 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.

Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic.


2022 Fall Schedule with Coach Nancy King

September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Ages 8-15: Sundays, 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Ages 16 and up: Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Location
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC 27511

Registration

Clinic registration is through the Town of Apex Parks and Recreation Department. Click HERE to register.

Contact Allie Prelaske at 919-249-3507 for information.

Volunteer Opportunities and Training

We would love to have you help out at the clinics! Training is required.

We have a fall volunteer training set for September 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Apex Community Park. The training will include working with the group of athletes at the clinic that afternoon!

Please sign up HERE to attend the training. If you are unable to attend this clinic, please re-sign up to be notified for future clinics.

Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.

 

Asheville Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina in partnership with Asheville Parks and Recreation and Asheville Community Tennis Association is pleased to present free Abilities Tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

Location: The Omni Grove Park Inn Indoor Tennis Courts

290 Macon Ave. Asheville, NC 28804

Clinics: Saturdays – Sept 17, 24, Oct 1,8, and 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Registration is required

Questions? Email Head Coach Wayne Forester at paulwayneforester@yahoo.com or Lou Welch at Lou@atanc.org.

Belmont Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina in partnership with Belmont Parks and Recreation are pleased to present free tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2022 Fall Schedule
Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM
August 28th – October 16

Location
Davis Park Tennis Courts, 204 Park Dr, Belmont, NC 28012

Registration Information

For more information and to register: https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/belmont

 

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.

Location

Smithville Township District Park
8340 SE River Road
Southport, NC.

Middle school honors students from our PEGASUS program will be there to help our adult volunteers.

Adult Clinics

Wednesdays at Smithville Park from 10:30AM – 12:00PM.

For more information contact Karen Holbrook.

 

Burlington Clinics at Elon University

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina is proud to partner with Elon Univeristy’s Tennis Teams to offer free tennis clinics for athletes with intelectual disabilities. Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2022  Fall Schedule
Sundays, 4:00-5:00 PM
9/11, 9/18, 11/6, & 11/13

Registration: Click on “Specialized Recreation” HERE.

Location
Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on the campus of Elon University

Cary Clinics

Abilities Tennis clinics in Cary are now year-round! Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with Cary Parks and Recreation and Western Wake Tennis Association to host Abilities Tennis clinics for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The clinics are free of charge and open to all players 8 and up.

2022 Fall Schedule

October 1; November 5, 12, 19; December 10 & 19
1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Registration

Click “Specialized Recreation” at this link for more information and to register!

For more information, contact Laura Morton: Laura.Morton@townofcary.org; phone: (919) 462-3961; www.townofcary.org/gold.

Location

All clinics held at Cary Tennis Park, 2727 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary, NC 27519

Volunteer Opportunities

We would love to have you help out at the clinics!  Please visit the Western Wake Tennis Association website for more information.

Chapel Hill Clinics

Come join us for clinics designed for athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up. These clinics are run by specially trained coaches and volunteers.

2022 Schedule

Saturdays: August 27, Sept 10, 17, 25, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Location
The Chapel Hill Tennis Club
403 Westbrook Dr
Carrboro, NC 27510

Registration

Those interested please email Rich Green.

Abilities Tennis of NC is excited to announce new clinics starting this fall in Charlotte! This program is free to Abilities Tennis athletes ages 8 and up and is funded through grants through USTA and donations from individuals, companies and organizations.

2022 Fall Schedule Coming Soon!

Location
Blakeney Tennis Club, 10607 Rea Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277

Registration

If you have questions, contact Eden Serekeberhan at edserke9@gmail.com or Lou Welch at Lou@atanc.org.

Volunteers: You may register to volunteer for one or more of the clinics.  Each clinic is listed individually.  There are 10 spots available. Please cancel your reservation should your plans change. Remember to bring your racquet, a water bottle and towel. Volunteer registration coming soon!

Clayton Clinics

Abilities Tennis clinics for ages 8+ are being offered in partnership with Clayton Parks & Recreation. 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.

Coach Dawn Kitner will be the head coach. She brings a wealth of tennis knowledge and a ton of fun to the court.

2022 Fall Schedule

Sundays
September 18 & 25; October 9, 16, 23 & 30
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location

Clayton Community Park Tennis Courts
1075 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC

Registration Information

For more information and to register, click here!

Please note: 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.

Concord Clinics

FALL 2022
Saturdays, year round, 12 noon – 1 pm

LOCATION
Les Myers Park
338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025

Head Coach Elizabeth Orellana
Email elizabethorellana215@gmail.com to register or volunteer

Duke-Eno Clinics

2023 Schedule to Come!

Location
1102 Morreene Road in Durham

Goldsboro Clinics

Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with Goldsboro Parks and Recreation to bring free Abilities Tennis clinics to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Clinics for all level players ages 5 & up. Racquets, tennis balls, and instruction provided. Come to one or all sessions! All participants must register.

2022 Fall Schedule coming Soon! 

Location

Herman Park
900 Park Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Email skelly@goldsboronc.gov with any questions.

Greensboro Clinics

2022 Fall Schedule
Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

Location
Sherwood Swim & Racquet Club, 100 Alma Pinnix Dr.

Registration
Please email Jinni Hoggard to for more information or to register.

Greenville Play Day

with the ECU Women’s Tennis team!

2022 Fall Date Coming!

Location

River Birch Tennis Center
516 W. Arlington Blvd
Greenville, NC

Hendersonville Clincs

Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with Hendersonville Tennis Association, Hendersonville Country Club, and Hendersonville County Parks & Recreation to bring free Abilities Tennis clinics to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 years and older and all levels of tennis experience are welcome.

Registration

Pre-Registration required for clinics. Please click here to register.

Location
Jackson Park Tennis Courts
1860 Hebron Rd
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Coach Pam Cloer

Schedule for Fall 2022
Mondays,  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, & 17

Call Hendersonville Parks and Recreation for more information: 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 with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.

Clinics
Saturdays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

September 10, 17, 24; October 8

Location
Hickory City Park Tennis Courts
1581 12th St Dr NW, Hickory, NC 28601

To register, click on the “Tennis” tab at THIS LINK.

High Point Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and Guilford Regional Tennis Association in partnership with High Point Parks and Recreation are pleased to present free tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2022 Fall Schedule Coming Soon

Location

Oak Hollow Tennis Center, 3401 N. Centennial St., High Point, NC

Registration Information

For more information and to register, call Leanne Lyons at 336-883-3481 or email leanne.lyons@highpointnc.gov.

 

 

Lake Junaluska Abilities Tennis Tournament

~ Save the date! June 24, 2023 ~

Clinics
Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
September 10 – October 29

Location
Lake Junaluska Tennis Courts
77 Memory Lane, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

  • To register as an athlete or volunteer, click HERE.

Volunteer
Please help us share the sport of tennis with our athletes!

Abilities Tennis of NC is proud to partner with the Lake Norman Tennis Foundation and Mooresville Parks and Recreation to bring you free tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.

Clinics
Saturdays, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
October 29, November 5, and November 19

Location
War Memorial Center Tennis Courts
220 N. Maple St, Mooresville, NC 28115

To register, click on the “Tennis” tab at THIS LINK.

Volunteers

Please attend the volunteer training on Sunday, September 18, 4:00-6:00 pm. The training will be held on the War Memorial Center Tennis Courts. Come join us to learn more about Abilities Tennis of NC and how to work on the court with our athletes. REGISTER HERE

Outerbanks Dare County Clinics

Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with OBXTA and Dare County Special Olympics to host Abilities Tennis clinics for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The clinics are free of charge and open to all athletes ages 8 years and up.

2023 Schedule Coming Soon!

Location

Kill Devil Hills Parks and Recreation Tennis Courts
602 Mustian St. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

 

Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department to provide free tennis clinics to athletes with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.

We welcome 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.

2022 Fall Schedule

Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 PM
September 7 – October 19

Please register each participant here under Special Needs Programs.

Location

Tennis Courts, Rassie Wicker Park, Court #1
10 Rassie Wicker Dr
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Please email Nicole Benbow for more information or call 919-856-6710.

Raleigh Tournaments 

Click on a tournament for more details.

Winter Chill – Annually on the first Saturday of December

Unified Doubles National Qualifier – Annually in September

Raleigh Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources are pleased to present Abilities Tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2022 Schedule

Saturdays, September 10 – October 29 (Courts 1-5)
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Head Coach John Richardson

Saturdays, September 10 – October 29 (Courts 1-3)
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Head Coach Nancy King

Location

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center
1905 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615

Registration

Click this link to register for the clinics. Need help or more information? Call 919-996-2147. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

Volunteer

We would love to have you volunteer at the clinics! Help is needed every week. We sign Community Service Hours forms. Questions? Please email Lou Welch.

Rocky Mount Clinics

Abilities Tennis of North Carolina and NC Wesleyan College Tennis Teams in partnership with Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation are pleased to present free tennis clinics for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Ages 8 and up. All levels of tennis experience welcome!

2022 Schedule
Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
September 11 – October 30

Location
Bishop Indoor Tennis Facility on the campus of NC Wesleyan College, 28 Tyler Drive, Rocky Mount, NC

Registration
For more information and to register, visit Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation.

Salem College Clinics

Abilities Tennis is proud to partner with Coach Ed Steel and the Salem College Tennis Team along with Coach Charles Hunsucker to host Abilities Tennis Clinics for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Clinics are free of charge and open to all players ages 8 and up.

2023 Spring Schedule Coming Soon!

Location

Salem College Tennis Courts

Wake Forest Clinics

2022 Fall Schedule

Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Coaches Maggie Payne and David Marquina

Location

Heritage High Park
1140 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Registration

Click this LINK to register for the clinics (see “Specialized Recreation”)!

For registration instructions and details on how to create a profile: Click here.

Contact Kelly Schurtz at 919-435-9559 with any questions.

Volunteers

If you have not attended a training in the past, you are invited to attend one on Sept 10 from 10 am to noon at Millbrook Exchange Park. Sign up HERE to attend!

Our volunteers are the backbone of these programs. Please SIGN UP to help at our weekly clinics!

 

 

 

Wilmington Tournament – Swing Into Spring

Wilmington Abilities Tennis Clinics

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 ages 8 and up with intellectual disabilities.

2022 Fall Clinics Schedule

Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm beginning August 25th

Location

Althea Gibson Tennis Comples (Empie Park)

Registration (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.

Volunteer

We would love to have you volunteer at the clinics! Help is needed every week. We sign Community Service Hours forms. Email Coach Billie Fitzsimons to sign up: adaptivetennisWilm@gmail.com.

Further questions? Please email Lou Welch.

Winston-Salem Tournament

Winston-Salem Abilities Open – Annual Singles Tournament in April

2023 Spring Schedule Coming!

Location: Taylor Tennis Center, 1421 Lewisville Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC
Instructor: Coach David Livengood

 

Abilities Tennis of NC is proud to partner with Mt. Jubilee Ministries to host Abilities Tennis clinics for individuals in the His Path Developmental Day Program. Charles Hunsucker and his son, Justin Hunsucker, an Abilities Tennis athlete, will coach and lead the clinics.

For more information, visit https://mountjubilee.org/his-path/.

 

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A PLACE FOR EVERYONE ON THE COURT

From beginner to highly competitive, Abilities Tennis clinics allow players to practice their skills and develop at their own pace.
    SKILLS COURT

    Athletes perform a variety of tennis-based skills with foam or red dot balls. Coaches will also feed the ball to the athlete on a QuickStart or shortened tennis court. At tournaments, points are given for successful skill completion.

    COURT SIZE

      SHORT COURT

      Provides a transition for athletes who have been successful on Skills Court and want to start playing points. Downsized court boundaries allow athletes to be more successful as they work on developing their foot work. Players learn tennis strategy, begin to serve, and keep perfecting stroke techniques. Singles, Doubles and Unified Doubles play.

      COURT SIZE

        FULL COURT

        Full court tennis practice utilizing the full tennis court and regular tennis balls. Players start with drills to perfect ground strokes, net play, and serves as well as instruction to develop match strategy. The second half of clinic involves Singles, Doubles, and Unified Doubles match play with coach instruction.

        Participation is Free of Charge to Everyone

        Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, plus grants from the USTA, we can provide all our events at no charge to all participants.

        The beauty of tennis...

        for players with special needs is that it can be adapted in so many ways to meet an athlete at their level. You can meet the need within the sport and athletes still compete and still progress…even if they just do the running, or the balance or footwork drills, or even just work with a ball – there are so many ways to get players active. - Coach Chad Oxendine

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