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Special Population Partners Put on a Great Show

October 25, 2004 02:10 PM

USA Tennis Special Populations (SP), Special Olympics of North America (SONA), and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) partnered together to present tennis and its benefits at the World Congress on Disabilities.  The WCD, a three-day event held October 7th to 9th, 2004, in Orlando, was a comprehensive forum for persons with disabilities and those involved in their care and development.  The WCD, with keynote speakers like Dr. Tim Shriver and Jim Kelly; an educational program; special events; activities; and over 100 vendors, provided a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and products for persons with disabilities and special health care needs, as well as for those involved with their care and development.

This year the WCD offered a Comprehensive Education Program (CEU & CME Accredited) with over 75 sessions.  Dr. Glenn Roswal, Jim Santos, Helyn Edwards, and three other local PTR tennis pros from Florida, Jim Crane, Jim Rich and Brad Minns, conducted on-court and classroom sessions in tennis and adaptive physical therapy.  The adaptive physical therapy track was designed to provide educators, family members, recreation specialists and students, activities that enhance the physical education, sports, fitness, self-esteem, socialization, and home life of a person with special needs.

The segments with tennis themes included: Special Olympics Motor Activities Training Program, Play Activities for the Home and Classroom, Learn to Play Tennis, Developing Outside School Programs For Special Needs Children, Tennis for the Family and School, and Fitness and Leisure Fun For The Entire Family.  Several parents and administrators requested info to join our  SP registry, and  new partnerships were discussed with other organizations.  A great show was made better by great partnerships.






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