Hani Nassar
Hickory Community Coordinator; Coach, Hickory Clinics
Hani Nassar began playing tennis in his birth country of Lebanon and has been an avid tennis player for over 50 years. He is currently in his third year as president of the Greater Hickory Tennis Association and serves as a board member for USTA-NC. In addition to his role as a coach and coordinator for Abilities Tennis, Hani also coaches with Special Olympics North Carolina. Hani enjoys competing in USTA tennis leagues and has captained tennis teams annually for the last thirty years. “Tennis is a way of life for me and a healthy and safe way to alleviate daily stress,” Hani said.
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Jinni Hoggard
Greensboro Community Coordinator; Coach, Greensboro Clinics
Jinni has been active in the tennis world, playing USTA leagues and playing at Gate City for over 15 years. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and has worked with special needs athletes since high school. She is the Abilities Tennis and Special Olympics coach for Guilford/Greensboro area where she hosts clinics from August to May. Jinni is a board member as well as merchandising chair for Racquets for a Cure (an annual tennis tournament to raise money for the local Komen Foundation). Jinni has also worked diligently to coordinate and promote the fundraiser, Dancing on the Diamond, which benefits the ARC of Greensboro.
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Rich Green
Chapel Hill Community Coordinator and Coach
Rich enjoyed playing a lot of tennis growing up on Long Island, for the University of Vermont, and on USTA Teams in New York and North Carolina. Rich serves on the Special Olympics NC Tennis Sport Development Team, coaches Special Olympics in Orange County, and trains and certifies Special Olympics NC Tennis Coaches. The most fun Rich has had playing in a tennis tournament was when he partnered with Kevin Olin to represent NC Abilities Tennis in the 2019 USTA National Adaptive Tournament in Orlando, Florida. Rich loves working with Abilities Tennis and Special Olympics, especially when athletes, families, and volunteers have so much fun being together at events and on the tennis court. In his other life, Rich works for an investment company, plays Platform Tennis, and enjoys learning to play the Sitar.
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