POTTSTOWN PA – Special Olympics athletes interested in playing tennis will have a new opportunity to do so as the result of what is being called a partnership launched with the help of the Greater Pottstown Tennis Association.
The Pottstown association is set to host the first “Special Olympics Tennis Tournament and Play Day,” scheduled for Sept. 20 (2015; Sunday) from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the tennis courts of The Hill School, 860 Beech St. The event is a joint effort of the United States Tennis Association Middle States Section, of which the Pottstown association is a part, and Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.
The tournament is open from noon to about 3 p.m. to all Special Olympics athletes and will feature three separate draws based on skill level of participants:
- Traditional (regular tennis balls);
- Green Dot (full court, slightly lower compression balls); and
- Red Ball Short Court (ideal for beginner players).
A $5 tournament registration fee per athlete covers the cost of play, food and refreshments, give-aways, and medals for participants. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Advance registration by e-mail is available here.
Following the tournament, from 3:30-5 p.m., the Pottstown association will conduct the free play day open to all adaptive players. It will include fun tennis games and drills. Additional play day information is available by e-mail, here.
Pottstown association member and Pottsgrove school director David Faulkner reports the group is one of only a few organizations within the region that offers an adaptive tennis program. “This event is hopefully going to go a long way to grow this program, and allow other youths in our area to participate in a sport they may have never thought possible,” he said.
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