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Special Populations Tennis Program Inc

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Special Pops Tennis, begun by a woman with a passion for tennis and a heart for the disabled, has set afire the hearts of tennis lovers across the State of Georgia. My son is only one of the 600 disabled participants in Special Pops Tennis programs staffed by these skilled, dedicated volunteers. Over the last three years I have watched him learn to play a game he hardly knew; grow to love that game as his skills became stronger, and grow personally in ways that these amazing people have made possible. Special Pops takes a profound personal interest in every athlete. They are dedicated to creating a positive, enriching experience for every participant: athletes, volunteers, and families. My son and I are truly blessed to have become a part of the Special Pops family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been fortunate to participate in Special Pops Tennis. Sharing their passion for tennis - the volunteers who work with the athletes have provided a "bridge" the helps children and adults with disabilities connect with each other as well as make friends in the community. All ability levels are encouraged - everyone feels successful. My daughter has autism - and participating in Special Pops Tennis has been the best experience of her life. She has made friends - an enormous accomplishment for her!! Her world has been "expanded" - she has played in tournaments here in Atlanta as well as in South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, Alabama - and she has made friends in all those places!! My husband and I take great pleasure in watching all the athletes and help in any way that we can.