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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Special Olympics, Sports

Mission: Enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through the lifetime sport of tennis. "The game we teach is tennis, but the lessons learned are real life."

Results: Host of largest adaptive tennis match play event in the USA for 7 years First USTA-sanctioned adaptive tennis unified doubles league for people with intellectual disabilities in the USA From 60 special athletes at 3 sites in 2005, we served 600 special athletes at 15 sites in metro Atlanta in 2012

Programs: Free training and equipment; USTA-sanctioned league play; competitive match play at all levels; nutrition education; social interaction

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as an umpire, coach during practice sessions, unified partner and chaperone and every time I see the happiness on the athletes face, it reminds me of how great of an organization Special Pops truly is. It provides the athletes with an opportunity to get out, get some excercise, spend time with others and enjoy a sport that is something they can enjoy for years to come. I am so happy to of gotten involved and look forward to future opportunities to spend time with Special Pops.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember my first session as a volunteer site coordinator. I had a few athletes attend. One of these athletes was a young girl that has down syndrome. Her mom indicated that she did not think her daughter would be able to hit the ball but that she had heard about the program and wanted to try. I informed her that with the appropriate equipment and modifications that she would likely be hitting by the end of the session. This little girl's dad is a tennis player as well. SO, by the end of the session, sure enough, she was able to hit a tennis ball- several tennis balls. The first thing she said to her mom when she got off of the court was- "now I can go play tennis with daddy." I teared up with great tears of happiness. What a great day that was. Now we have well over 30 athletes that come to this site.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Special Pops is an outstanding organization. It provides an adaptive tennis program and opportunities for those people with intellectual disabilities. The athletes have a chance to compete with their peers in a safe and fun atmosphere. We love Special Pops!