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Tennis

This page draws together tennis-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics tennis.  View the Tennis Fact Sheet

Tennis is a popular sport played at all levels of skill and by players of all ages. Every athlete aims in passing the ball to the opponent's side of the net, striking it with a tennis racquet. The sport emphasizes values, such as fair play, sportsmanship and respect for fellow competitors. Tennis is not only fun to play, but it is a lifetime sport activity that is fun to practice and fun to learn.


Tennis Stories and News


November 13, 2014 | Latin America: Brazil

Being a partner

By Dalva Pompermayer

Dalva Pompermayer (partner) and Ruy Carneiro (athlete) from Special Olympics Brazil will be playing unified doubles in LA 2015

I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease.View Story I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease. But in my free time I kept playing tennis because I love this game where I could met my friends and distracted my head from this terrible desease that consumes us. And suddenly, I was invited by a very good friend to play a unified double with Ruy, the best tennis player with intellectual disabilities in Jundiai, SP (our home town) and I can affirm that he is the best tennis player in Brazil. At the beginning I was afraid to play with him because he hates to lose and during our first matches we were losing so many points, what made him nuts. After many other practices together, I have learned how to deal with his anger and now I can say that we are real partners. He respects me, one helps the other during the matches, we train twice a week and that opportunity brought me back to life.

About Dalva Pompermayer:Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old, retired, a amateur tennis player and a Special Olympics lover.
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October 10, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

A Presidential Welcome for athletes at Tennis Seminar in Hungary

By Suzanne Coogan

Athletes getting some useful tennis tips at the Flamenco Tennis Club, Budapest

Hungarian President Mr. János Áder warmly welcomed 26 Special Olympics athletes from Austria, Turkey, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Hungary who were taking part in a Special Olympics Tennis Seminar in Budapest.View Story Hungarian President Mr. János Áder warmly welcomed 26 Special Olympics athletes from Austria, Turkey, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Hungary who were taking part in a Special Olympics Tennis Seminar at the prestigious Flamenco Tennis Club in Budapest. President Áder spent time with the athletes at the Flamenco Club along with two former professional Hungarian tennis players, Marcell Dekany and Petra Selmeci, who conducted practical sessions with coaches and athletes. The main objective of the Seminar which ran from Oct 3 – 5 was to introduce new Special Olympics Tennis rules as part of the ‘Play & Stay’ Youth Program involving smaller courts and softer balls for lower level athletes. The new rules will be followed at the LA 2015 World Summer Games next year. Huge thanks to Special Olympics Hungary staff and volunteers and of course to Katalin Sebestien, SOEE Tennis Advisor for organizing such a successful seminar.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 11, 2014 | North America: Iowa

20 Years, 100 Victories, 1 Goal

By Jason Halkias

I have been blessed and privileged to have competed in 10 sports. Despite all my success in my career, my goal has never changed: to do my best, and never quit, whether win or lose.View Story I broke into the Special Olympics Iowa scene at age 8 in 1995, scoring my first career gold in my best sport of tennis. Nineteen years later, I scored my 100th career Special Olympics victory (68th gold medal to go along with 32 blue ribbons) with a victory in the mini javelin. But despite all my success in my career, my goal has never changed: to do my best, and never quit, whether win or lose. I have been blessed and privileged to have competed in 10 sports. I formerly competed in speed skating, basketball skills, roller skating, golf, and bowling. I currently compete in figure skating, powerlifting, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. To me, the best athletes are those who never quit, win or lose. For me, none more so than at the 2008 and 2013 SOI Winter Games in speed skating. In both instances, I raced in a 300 meters event with two other skaters, and both times I fell to the ice. Yet both times I knew I would not win but could still finish second, and I got up and did finish second both times.

About Jason Halkias:I have lived in Scott County in Iowa (either Bettendorf or Davenport) most of my life. Today, I primarily compete on the team called Scott County Masters. I also currently work at a local YMCA in Davenport and volunteer at a museum in Bettendorf.
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Tennis Events


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Event

Location

Jan 15 - 17 2015

The Xperience Tennis Invitational

Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best. This three-day tennis extravaganza takes place in January at the Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club, one of the country’s finest tennis venues and a fitting location for the best Special Olympics tennis athletes in the nation. Mix in world-class volunteers from the University of Virginia athletics programs and the Charlottesville community and you’ve got an ace of an event!
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Katie Botha
Email:kbotha@specialolympicsva.org
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Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club
200 Ednam Dr.

Charlottesville , Virginia
UNITED STATES

March 28, 2015

Spring Spin State Tennis Tournament

Join us on March 28th at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina as our athletes compete and show their skill in this exciting one day tournament. Hope to see you there!
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
Phone:803-772-1555
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Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center
Congaree Drive

Cayce, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 16 2015

Florida State Summer Games

Special Olympics Florida’s Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track & field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. This event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremonies featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It concludes on Saturday night with closing ceremonies and the much anticipated victory dance.
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Akin Joseph
Email:akinjoseph@sofl.org
Phone:352-243-9536
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ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Kansas State Summer Games

Join us June 5-7 at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas as our athletes participate and show their skill over 3 days of aquatics, athletics and tennis competition. See you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9290 X 108
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Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
UNITED STATES

June 12, 2015

Virgina State Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest State Games, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 3,000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist more than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, powerlifting, and tennis at the University of Richmond and surrounding venues in Richmond. We are fortunate to have all of our Event Volunteer needs assigned for this year's Summer Games. We are currently recruiting Volunteer to Cheer fans and Medical Team members!
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University of Richmond and surrounding venues
Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 26 - 28 2015

2015 Northern California Summer Games

Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. After weeks of training and competing at a Regional competition, athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
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Jeff Ruthenberg
Email:JeffR@sonc.org
Phone:916-375-1930
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UC Davis
One Shileld Pl.

Davis, California
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

Sep 25 - 27 2015

Missouri State Outdoor Games

The 2015 State Outdoor Games will be held in Fort Jefferson City, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on September 25th and go until 5 p.m. on March 27th. Athletes will be in competing in bocce, flag football, golf, softball, and tennis. Come and cheer on our athletes as they show off their determination and skill.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Jefferson City, Missouri
UNITED STATES

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Tennis Competitions

2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

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