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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


April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Juan Puente Lopez and I am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Juan Lopez

I grew up in a family of athletes, my father practiced baseball, and athletics and my brothers and nephews tennis.View Story I grew up in a family of athletes, my father practiced baseball, and athletics and my brothers and nephews tennis. At age 14 I started bolero in Potosino club Deportivo. My older brother worked there and with the intention that it will distract me and I practiced some physical activity. I got in because of my intellectual disability. Since then I started training at the Lomas Racquet Club. The practice of this sport has allowed me to perform first as a pencil boy and later as a player. In the club I played with partners and I have incomes that allowed me to have a more quality lifestyle. I participated in tournaments in singles and doubles, within the state, as in other nearby cities. The practice of this sport has given me a lot. Now shall represent my country in Los Angeles.

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April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Patricia Romo and I am a champion

By Paola Martinelli

Paty Romo won an Award at the Pan American Tennis Tournament in Bolivia

I had primary school education and started working at the Center for Down Syndrome at age 17 in my state in the area of early childhood stimulation. To this day I still work there.View Story I am the last child of 5 brothers and was born with intellectual disability. I studied in primary school and started working at the Center for Down Syndrome at 17 years in my state in the area of early childhood stimulation. To this day I still work there. I'm single and I live with my mother. I'm hardworking, entrepreneurial, outgoing, talkative and tolerant. But as my character is a little tricky because sometimes I get angry when something does not seem right. I have participated in various sports from a young age and have been called on several state and national competitions, in athletics, bowling and ultimately my main activity has been the Tennis I've worked hard to combine work with tennis training which I attend Saturdays and Sundays and my preparation has been very intensive since I have participated in several official tournaments. Now I shall represent my country at the World Games in Los Angeles.

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April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Mauricio Valerio and I am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

2014 National Games Award

I'm Mauricio Valerio Berrones, I was born in San Luis Potosi 25 years ago. I have Down Syndrome when I was born, my parents say, they did not expect a special child, but I was accepted with love and affection.View Story Iam Mauricio Valerio Berrones, was born in San Luis Potosi 25 years ago. I have Down Syndrome when I was born, my parents say, they did not expect a special child, but I was accepted with love and affection. I am the last child of 3 brothers. My brothers did sport and that's how I started to be interested in sports, playing football with my mates and racquet ball with my dad but he died eight years ago. Now I live with my mother and my brothers and married. Playing tennis tournaments and sometimes my brother Ricardo plays with me. I also practice taekwondo and bowling. 15 years ago I am part of Special Olympics with my coach Uriel who trains people with and without disabilities. Now I was selected to represent my country in the sport in Ángeles. Besides sports, I go to the school where I train in a makeup workshop, I like dancing playing guitar and making friends.

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Tennis Events


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Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
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

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Connecticut State Summer Games

Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination during Summer Games sports competition. This event will be held on June 5-7 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Sports events will include athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics and tennis. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

West Virginia State Summer Games

Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games are the pinnacle of competition. Approximately 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout West Virginia will gather in Charleston to compete in track and field, swimming, golf, tennis, baggo (corn-hole), bocce, and softball. Our incredible athletes will inspire everyone with their courage, determination, and skills.
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Various Venues
Charleston, West Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 13 2015

Virginia 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 12 - 13 2015

Delaware State Summer Games

Want to experience Summer Games sport competition in its purest form? Come to University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware on June 12-13 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Sports events will include aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track & field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Delaware
Email:info@sode.org
Phone:302-831-4653
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University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
UNITED STATES

Jun 26 - 28 2015

Northern California State 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

August 20, 2015

Tennis Individual Skills Competition

Join us August 20th at Midcoast Recreational Center in Rockport, Maine as our as athletes compete and show their skill in tennis competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:207-879-0489
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Midcoast Recreational Center
Rockport, Maine
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.


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