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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

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Rating: 5

Enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through the lifetime sport of tennis is the mission of Atlanta, GA-based nonprofit Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc. (“Special Pops Tennis”). A 501 (c)(3) organization formed in 2005 by a group of tennis enthusiasts with a passion for giving back, this group provides an adaptive tennis program that takes people with intellectual disabilities from beginner to tournament level players. Their motto is “The game we teach is tennis, but the lessons learned are real life.” Through teaching and competitive play, social interaction and education, volunteers serve as coaches, partners, umpires, chaperones and mentors, striving to build not only tennis skills, but also life skills. Programs include weekly tennis instruction, nutrition education, USTA-sanctioned league play, and match-play competition. A tennis player for years, I have been involved with this group since it began. When I retired, it became my full time “job” and I can honestly say that it is the most fun and rewarding tennis experience that I have had. I receive far more than I give every time I step on the court with these special players.