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LOCATIONS

Choose from 6 different tennis programs in over 20 locations across our beautiful state.

Click on a tab to see program and registration information.

Click on a city or county tab to see programs available in that area and registration information.

Albemarle Clinics

We’re excited to bring Abilities Tennis to this new location!

Location, Time, and sign-up information is coming soon

Apex Clinics

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

2021 Schedule

Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00pm
Dates TBD

Location

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

Registration

To register online: click here

Clinic registration is through the Town of Apex, Parks and Recreation Dept.

Contact Allie Prelaske for information.
919-249-3507

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Asheville Clinics

A non-competitive, introductory tennis program. Players learn basic tennis skills while building strength, confidence, and social skills.

2021 Schedule

Dates and Times TBD

Registration Information

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.

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.

Schedule

Dates: TBD
10:30AM -12:00PM

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. We are hoping to make this a year-round program.

Dates TBD

For more information contact Karen Holbrook

Cary Clinics

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.

2021 Schedule

Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm.

REgistration

Contact Judy Newsome to register:  Judy.Newsome@townofcary.org

Phone:  (919) 462-2027

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 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.

2020 Schedule

Saturdays 4:00-5:30

More Dates Coming!

Location

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

Registration

Those interested please email Rich Green to make sure we have enough courts to accommodate players planning to come.

Concord Clinics

Les Myers Park

338 Lawndale Avenue
Concord, NC 28025

Sundays 4:00-5:00pm
March 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 16, 23

Head Coach Chad Oxendine
Email chad@amptennis.com to register or volunteer

Registration for athletes and volunteers: following COVID-19 safety guidelines –  limited space

Cornelius and Huntersville

Cornelius PARC and Huntersville Parks & Recreation

Participants will have an individual volunteer to engage them in tennis-related activities to learn tennis skills. Volunteers will work 1:1 with youth creating a safe, welcoming, fun environment. Coaches will encourage participants to hone their skills while learning the rules of the game and interacting with peers. Our goal is to provide each child with a strong core belief in his/her ability to overcome everyday challenges without frustration.

Location

Holbrook Park
100 Sherwood Drive
Huntersville

Although this is a free program, Registration is required

Click here to register 

SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS
BY CORNELIUS PARC AND HUNTERSVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
704-892-6031 EXT162

Goldsboro Clinics

2021 Schedule

Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Dates TBD

Location

Herman Park
900 Park Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Contact D’Leeshia Lee at DLee@goldsboronc.gov to register.

Greensboro Tournament

Sherwood Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in May

Greensboro Clinics

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD
Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Location

Grimsley High School
801 Westover Terrace
Greensboro

Registration

Please email Jinni Hoggard to register.

Greenville Clinics

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD

Location

River Birch Tennis Center
516 W. Arlington Blvd

Hendersonville

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

Schedule

Sundays
3:30 – 4:30PM

May 2 – June 6

Registration Info Coming Soon

Jackson Park

708 Glover St
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Saturdays
3:00 – 4:00pm

with Coach Dylan Jicha

Dates TBD

Register for Jackson Park Clinics

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

Kinston

These clinics are a partnership between Kinston Parks and Recreation Department, Radd, and Abilities Tennis.

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD
Saturdays 10:00-11:00

Registration

Registration is through Kinston Parks and Recreation

Questions? April Houston, RADD
252-522-2814
radd.lenoir@gmail.com

or Lou Welch
919-606-4917
lou@atanc.org

Location

Bill Fay Park Tennis Courts
1003 Phillips Road
Kinston, NC

Lake Junaluska Tournament

Mountaineer Tournament – Annually in June

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

Location

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

2021 Schedule

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Dates TBD

Pinehurst

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.

2021 Schedule

Mondays 5:00-7:00PM
Dates  TBD

Registration

All participants must pre-register with the recreation department.

Go to www.pinehurstrec.org to sign up

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

Location

Tennis Courts, Rassie Wicker Park
10 Rassie Wicker Dr.
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Raleigh Tournaments

Click on a tournament to see 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 tennis Clinics for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities.

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

2021 Schedule

Saturdays, Dates TBD depending on COVID restrictions

2:00 – 3:00
Coach Nancy King

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Coach John Richardson

LOCATION

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center
1905 Spring Forest Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615
Raleigh Parks and Rec 919-996-2147

Registration

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? email Lou Welch .

Salem College Clinics

Salem College’s Tennis Team along with Coach Charles Hunsucker host Abilities Tennis Clinics

2021 Schedule

Time:  11:00 – 12:00

Location

Salem College Tennis Courts

https://abilitiessalemcollege.eventbrite.com

Salisbury

15 spots available for athletes (participants) and 15 for volunteers.

2021 Schedule

Saturdays, 2:00-3:00PM
Dates TBD

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.

Volunteers

You will receive more information about a training on March 7th from 1:00 – 2:00pm before the first clinic.

Registration

Players and Volunteers Register Here

Wake Forest

2021 Schedule

Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00pm

April 10, 17, 24
May 1,8,15,22

Location

Heritage High Park
1140 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Registration

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Lou@atanc.org if interested

Watauga

These clinics are for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Participants will learn the fundamentals, play games and have fun! Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinic.

Buddy volunteers will be provided. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For additional information contact: Karen Poteat (828.264.9511)

2021 Schedule

Dates TBD

Location

Watauga County Parks & Recreation Tennis Courts
231 Complex Dr.
Boone, NC

Registration

Please fill out and submit this registration form

Wilmington Tournaments

Swing Into Spring – Annually in mid-March

Wilmington 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 with intellectual disabilities.

Clinics – including Special Olympics Tennis Practice

Location

Althea Gibson Tennis Center
Empie Park

Schedule

Year Round
Thursdays 4:30- 6:00pm

Questions? Contact Billie Fitzsimons at 910-200-4101

Winston Salem Tournament

Winston Salem Adaptive Open – Annual Singles Tournament in April

PROGRAM UPDATES

Currently, most in-person clinics have been postponed or do not have dates set. Online clinics are on-going and will continue through the Spring.

Don’t see anything close to you? Contact us about starting a program or scheduling a Play Day!

ALL PROGRAMS FREE OF CHARGE

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, plus grants from the USTA and NC Tennis Foundation, we are able to provide all tennis programs free of charge to participants.

MANY WAYS TO PLAY!

Abilities Tennis Association works with the USTA, local Community Tennis Associations, private tennis clubs, school systems, and Parks and Recreation departments within the state of North Carolina to provide tennis programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

CLINICS

Tennis instruction and practice for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Players are placed on a court for their skill level. Choose from over 20 locations around the state of North Carolina!
Swing into Spring Tournament

UNIFIED DOUBLES

Why is this one of the most popular programs for athletes and volunteers? You'll have to come see for yourself! Unified Doubles is tennis played with doubles teams made up of an Abilities Tennis player and a volunteer partner. Clinics and Play Days incorporate Unified Doubles into each session. Two of our Tournaments and several Play Days are dedicated to Unified play. Unified sports benefits ALL athletes involved and promotes inclusion and a deeper understanding of people with intellectual disabilities.

TOURNAMENTS

The competitive spirit is alive in our community! Tournaments give athletes the opportunity to experience the drive to compete against their peers and feel the joy of community and inclusiveness. All skill levels compete in state, regional, and national tournaments hosted in 7 locations across North Carolina. It's an experience you'll never forget!

PE ABILITIES TENNIS

PE Abilities Tennis (PEAT) supports the inclusion of adaptive tennis in school PE classes for students with intellectual disabilities. PEAT meets academic needs and introduces students to a lifetime sport. We provide the necessary equipment and a specially trained tennis professional works with the staff and volunteers to get them started. You'll learn how to set up the equipment, coaching techniques and fun games and drills. High schools with PE Pupil Instructor (PEPI) classes or varsity tennis teams love to volunteer through this program! These relationships have greatly enhanced social integration of students with special needs into the school community.

PLAY DAYS

Let’s get together and play tennis! Socialize, exercise, and meet new people. Play Days introduce the game of tennis to new players, can check interest in an area for starting a future clinic, or are just an excuse to have fun! Many of our Play Days are run by D1 University teams who do everything from teach fundamentals to play full-court competition with athletes. All levels welcome. Sign up for our newsletter or follow us on social media to see when the next Play Day comes your way. Better yet, schedule one in your area!

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

There is not enough space for us to describe how much we love our volunteers! Attend a training session so you know what to expect on the court and understand how clinics are run. We'll take you through many drills and demonstrate modifications to help you ensure athletes are successful and having fun. It's also your chance to ask questions and meet your fellow volunteers. You'll leave training feeling confident you can work with the athletes and help improve their tennis skills.

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