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Clearwater Adaptive Tennis, Play Day in April

March 28, 2014 08:31 AM
suncoast_tennis_foundation_logoThe Suncoast Tennis Foundation in partnership with UPARC (serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) and the City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department have announced a joint Adaptive Tennis Program that will kick off on April 1, 2014, at the Coachman Ridge Park tennis courts in Clearwater, Fla.

"I learned last summer when I set up the wheelchair tennis clinics for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games that were in Tampa how much being able to play a sport, when disabled in some respect, means to people," said Judy Foster, executive director of the Suncoast Tennis Foundation. "This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and am thrilled that it has come to fruition."

Foster says in the near future the City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department looks to host an Adaptive Tennis Play Day at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex for the Greater Tampa area, and start weekly Adaptive Tennis Program sessions at McMullen.

"This tennis initiative will create a fun atmosphere while promoting physical fitness to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said UPARC Executive Director Brian Siracusa. "Adaptive tennis programs focus on basic drills, introductory games, and having fun."

Additionally on April 5 the Suncoast Tennis Foundation, USTA Florida, Advantage Yours Tennis and the City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department will host a Tennis Play Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater.

For more information on Adaptive Tennis or the Play Day, please contact either Judy Foster at judybfoster@mindspring.com, or for the Adaptive Tennis Program, Brian Siracusa, associate executive director, UPARC, at brian@uparc.com.

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