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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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

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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August 01, 2014 | North America: Southern California

Determination Leads Lindsey to a Better Life

By Selena Devore

As an athlete with Down syndrome, Lindsey Newman knows she has limitations, but she accepts them and doesn't let them stop her from being the best that she can be.View Story As an athlete with Down syndrome, Lindsey Newman knows she has limitations, but she accepts them and doesn't let them stop her from being the best that she can be. Lindsey has worked as a courtesy clerk at Vons since 2007. Working at Vons has assisted her in developing better communication skills, learning how to think analytically, and becoming self-reliant. "I love working at Vons and like to see my friends," said Lindsey. "Everybody there is always very nice and supportive." When she is not working at Vons, Lindsey can be found competing in sports and dancing. Lindsey has been a Special Olympics athlete since 1998 and competes in basketball, tennis and bocce. Most recently, she proudly represented Southern California at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. "Lindsey works, goes to school, and does all the things we do," said Don Newman, Lindsey's father. "We all have gifts. We all have talents. We all develop in different ways. Lindsey makes the most with what she has."

About Selena Devore:Communications & Social Media Specialist for Special Olympics Southern California
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October 25, 2014

Fall Sports Fest

Join us on 10 October 2014 for our annual Fall Sports Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state will compete in various sports competitions. Events will include: Cycling – 500m time trial, 1k time trial, 2k time trial, 5k road race, 10k road race; Flag Football – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition; Long Distance Running – Traditional 800m run/walk, traditional 1500m run/walk, Unified 1500m run/walk, 3k race, 5k race, 10k race; Power Lifting – bench Press, dead Lift, combination (bench Press and dead lift); Tennis – individual skills competition, traditional singles, traditional doubles – level 2 and level 5, Unified doubles competition – level 2 and level 5. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mount St. Mary's University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu

Nov 6 - 8 2014

Special Olympics North America 15th National Invitational Tennis Championships

Join us November 6-8 at Van der Meer Shipyard Resort in Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina for 3 days of golf tournament action! Athletes will compete in 5 levels of competition: Level 1 – Individual Skills Competition; Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles; Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/ Unified Doubles. Come fill the stands to cheer and support our athletes. See you there!
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Kelly Garrick
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Van der Meer Shipyard Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina

Nov 7 - 9 2014

"Más que Tenis" Fundación Rafa Nadal National Tennis Meeting

Join us on 7-9 November at the Son Moix Sports Center in Palma de Mallorca, where Special Olympics tennis players will enjoy 3 days of tennis, companionship and fun. In 2010, Fundación Rafa Nadal and Special Olympics Spain created the first tennis schools to make tennis more accessible to Special Olympics athletes. Today, there are 15 schools in 6 Regions, where almost 150 athletes train and play twice a week.
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Poliesportiu Son Moix
Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California

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
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Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club
200 Ednam Dr.

Charlottesville , Virginia

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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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California

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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

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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