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LOCATIONS

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

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

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. Coach Nancy King 2022 Spring Schedule March 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1,8,15,22, 29 Sundays, 3:00 – 4:00 ages 8 – 15 Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm, ages 16 and up   Location Apex Community Park 2200 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC 27511 Registration Clinic registration is through the Town of Apex, Parks and Recreation Dept. Spring Registration link coming soon 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.

Oakley Courts

715 Fairview Rd. Asheville, NC 28803

Training: Thursday, April 21 from 4:00-6:00 pm

Clinics: (Mondays) May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Registration for athletes and volunteers, following COVID-19 safety guidelines, at avlrec.com under the Therapeutic Recreation link.

 

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

 

Belmont Clinics

Abilities Tennis in partnership with Belmont Parks and Recreation, bring you new clinics for players 8 and up.

2021 Schedule

Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm September 19 – October 31

Registration

Click the link to register: https://parksrec.egov.basgov.com/belmont

Location

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.

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.

2022 Schedule

January 8th        2:00-3:00pm       full, with wait list January 22nd     2:00-3:00pm       full, with wait list February 5th      2:00-3:00pm       full, with wait list February 12th    2:00-3:00pm      9/10, 1 spot left February 26th    2:00-3:00pm      8/10, 2 spots left

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.

Summer Play Days 2021

Saturdays 4:00-5:15PM July 10, 31 and August 14th

Chapel Hill Tournament

Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in October in partnership with Special Olympics

Chapel Hill Clinics

Come join for weekly clinics given by specially trained coaches and volunteers for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

2021 Schedule

Fall Special Olympic Clinics Saturdays 4:00-5:30 Sept 11 – Nov 6

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.

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

2021 Schedule

Sundays, 5:00-6:30pm September 19, 26 October 3, 17, 24

Location

Blakeney Tennis Club

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

Registration

Players:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CABA72DA6F9C61-player

Volunteers:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CABA72DA6F9C61-volunteer

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.

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.

Schedule

Sundays October 3-24 1:00-2:00PM

Location

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

REGISTRATION

Athletes: https://claytonncparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program?category=5

Notes:

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 2021

Saturdays 12:00noon – 1:00pm September 11 – October 30

Location

Les Myers Park 338 Lawndale Avenue Concord, NC 28025 Head Coach Chad Oxendine Email chad@amptennis.com to register or volunteer

Duke-Eno Abilities Tennis Clinics

2021 Schedule

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA9A62BA1FBC52-fall

Saturdays 9:00-10:30am Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16

Location

1200 N Alston Ave, Durham

Goldsboro Clinics

Clinics for all level players ages 5 & up. Racquets, tennis balls, and instruction provided. Come to one or all sessions! All participants must register.

2021 Schedule

Wednesdays, 5:45 – 6:15 PM September 8-29

Registration

www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/register

Location

Herman Park 900 Park Ave. Goldsboro, NC 27533

Email skelly@goldsboronc.gov with any questions.

Greensboro Tournament

Sherwood Abilities Tennis Tournament – Annually in May

Greensboro Clinics

2021 Fall Schedule

Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm September 12 – October 24

Location

Grimsley High School 801 Westover Terrace Greensboro

Registration

Please email Jinni Hoggard to register.

Greenville Play Day

with the ECU Women’s Tennis team!

2021 Schedule

Saturday, November 13 10:30am-12:00 pm

Location

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

Hendersonville

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 2:00-3:00P Dates TBD

Registration

Will be available after dates are set Call Hendersonville Parks and Rec to register: 828-697-4884

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.

2021 Schedule

SATURDAYS 4:00-5:00 PM September 11, 18 October 2-23

Location

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

Registration

Click here to register (then click on the tennis tab)

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 – June 25, 2022

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

Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm Clinics have been postponed until Fall

Register

Visit Pinehurst Parks & Recreation Department Catalog page to register

Location

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.

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 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 Fall Schedule

Saturdays 3:30pm – 5:00pm Head Coach John Richardson Courts 1-4 Sept 18-Oct 30th 2:00-3:00pm Max 10 players 3:30-5:00pm clinics Max 18 players

LOCATION

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

Registration

Athletes Click to Register     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. Sign up now to Volunteer! Questions? email Lou Welch .

Rocky Mount Clinics

2021 Schedule

Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm October 3, 17, 24, November 7

Location

NC Wesleyan College Indoor Tennis Facility 18 Tyler Drive Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Athlete Registration

https://abilitiestennisatncwesleyancollege.eventbrite.com

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. 2021 Schedule Time:  11:00 – 12:00 Sept 11, 18 and 25 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 September 11 – October 30 Location Heritage High Park 1140 Forestville Road Wake Forest, NC 27587 Registration Online registration coming soon. Contact Kelly Schurtz at 919-435-9559 with any questions. For additional registration instructions and details on how to create a profile: Click here Volunteer Opportunities Sign up to volunteer

Wilmington Tournaments

Swing Into Spring – March 19, 2022

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.

Location

Althea Gibson Tennis Center Empie Park

2022 Schedule

Thursdays 4:30- 6:00pm January 27 – June 16 Athletes must register to participate.

Registration

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

Winston Salem Tournament

Winston Salem Adaptive Open – Annual Singles Tournament in April

PROGRAM UPDATES

Fall clinics are being scheduled. Check your location or the calendar for dates. Keep checking back if you don't see dates in your area.

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 and receive 1:1 attention from coaches and volunteers. 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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