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


March 28, 2014 | North America: Florida

Athlete Health Corner: Jonathan Doring Gets Fit For Sport

By Jonathan Doring

In July 2010, I learned that I had been chosen to play tennis as a member of Team USA at the World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011. I wanted to do my very best and represent my country well.View Story In July 2010, I learned that I had been chosen to play tennis as a member of Team USA at the World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011. I wanted to do my very best and represent my country well. I began training regularly by playing tennis two or three times a week, exercising and watching my diet. I worked hard for almost a year and won the Gold Medal. After returning from World Games, Nancy Sawyer [of Special Olympics Florida] asked me to become part of the Healthy Lifestyle Program and I became an athlete health coach. Then in March of 2012, Nancy sent me the information about the President’s Challenge [now called SO Get Fit for Sport]. My dad and I joined right away. After winning a PALA certificate, I kept going. I have won Bronze, Silver and Gold so far and will get to Platinum. My dad exercises with me and has reached the Gold medal level, too.

About Jonathan Doring:Athlete leader in Florida
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March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Special Olympics Tennis Tournaments at the Tiberias Center

By Sophie Katz

Over 50 athletes from 6 different tennis centers (Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona, Akko, Jerusalem, Yokneam, Ramat Hasharon) travelled to the Tiberias center to compete against each other.View Story On 19th March 2014, the ITC – Tiberias hosted a national Special Olympics tennis tournament. Over 50 athletes from 6 different Israel Tennis Centers (Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona, Akko, Jerusalem, Yokneam, Ramat Hasharon) travelled to the center to compete against each other. The athletes were divided in several different groups according to sex, age and tennis level. Each station was run by the children of the High Performance Program in Tiberias, who volunteered to help organize the event. At the end of the tournament, Shaya, hosted a lovely prize giving ceremony where all the participants received medals. It’s quite difficult to describe how excited each athlete was when they were called to collect their medals – their smiles were absolutely priceless. Kol Hakavod to Shaya for his tireless work with our Special Olympics athletes, and to Tal and his team for hosting us so wonderfully.

About Sophie Katz:Israel Tennis Centers ("ITC") Social Impact Coordinator
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March 07, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Australia

People of All Abilities Can Succeed

By Kelly Wren

My life and that of my family changed when we found Special Olympics. I had been playing junior competition tennis in my local area but was finding it difficult to compete with people smarter than me. Now I can play the game I love and enjoy it with people just like me. With the help of my coach I hView Story My life and that of my family changed when we found Special Olympics. I had been playing junior competition tennis in my local area but was finding it difficult to compete with people smarter than me. Now I can play the game I love and enjoy it with people just like me. With the help of my coach I have become a better player. I have learnt more shot selections, better decision making on the court and better fitness. I am now more confident in my own ability – and I feel better for it. Being in Special Olympics has shown me that people of all abilities can succeed if given the right help. It has inspired me to achieve my coaching certificate – it was hard work but I got there. I can now give back to Special Olympics by teaching young beginner athletes to play tennis and show them that they can enjoy tennis just like me. On the tennis court I have to compete with male athletes. It has taught me that I have just as much ability as men, so I see no reason to stop more women taking on leadership roles – after all our Australian CEO is a woman.

About Kelly Wren:I am a Special Olympics Australia tennis player and coach.
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Tennis Events


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Event

Location

May 1 - 3 2014

Summer Games - Arizona

Join Special Olympics Arizona on 1-3 May at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona as athletes from around the state compete in 3 days of athletic competition. Athletes will be competing in the following sports: athletics, powerlifting, kayaking, Unified kayaking doubles, softball, tennis and Unified tennis. Hope to see you there!
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Jamie Heckerman
Email:jamie@SpecialOlympicsArizona.org
Phone:602-230-9135
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Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Rd.

Phoenix, Arizona
UNITED STATES

May 16, 2014

Tennesse State Summer Games

The 2014 State Summer Games will be held May 16th and 17th in Nashville, TN. Over 2500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members will attend the two day event. Athletes will compete in seven sports:Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Powerlifting, Tennis, and Unified Volleyball
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Meg Takahashi
Phone:615-329-1375
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Lipscomb University and Centennial Sportsplex
Nashville, Tennesse
UNITED STATES

May 16 - 17 2014

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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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
700 South Victory Way

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
UNITED STATES

May 22 - 24 2014

Iowa State Summer Games

Join us on May 22-24 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa as our athletes from across state compete in soccer, cycling, tennis, track and field, swimming, and developmental events. It's sure to be great time. Hope to see you there. For more information use the contact information below.
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Michelle Haney
Email:mhaney@soiowa.org
Phone:515-986-5520
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Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
UNITED STATES

May 22 - 25 2014

Texas State Summer Games

The 2014 Summer Games will be held in Arlington, May 22 - 25, 2014. Sports offered will include Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics, Soccer and Tennis. The four-day event will also offer special events including Opening Ceremonies, Victory Dance, Athlete Village and Wellness Park. Athletics, Cycling, Soccer and Tennis will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Basketball will be on UTA's campus as well as at a local high school. Gymnastics will be held at Webb Elementary. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Judy Yoshimaru, Director of Volunteers, at jyoshimaru@sotx.org.
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Sue Galkantas
Email:sgalkantas@sotx.org
Phone:512-491-2943
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University of Texas
Arlington, Texas
UNITED STATES

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Special Olympics Washington 2014 Summer Games

Summer games is the culmination of the Summer season as nearly 2,800 Special Olympics Athletes compete over three days at the 2014 Summer Games on Joint Base Lewis McChord, May 30-June 1. Athletes participate in swimming, soccer, track & field, powerlifting and cycling, reminding us all that at Special Olympics , it's about celebrating the ability and the belief that everyone competes, everyone plays and sport's has no boundaries.
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Eva Levingrub
Email:Elevingrub@sowa.org
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Joint Base Lewis McChord
Ft. Lewis, Washington
UNITED STATES

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Georgia State Summer Games

More than 1,800 Special Olympics athletes, Unified Partners and coaches from around the state will descend on Emory University to compete in Aquatics, Athletics, Soccer, Badminton, Volleyball, Tennis, Gymnastics, and Table Tennis with over 600 coaches to guide them in competition. The games are free and open to the public.
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Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
UNITED STATES

Jun 6 - 8 2014

Maryland State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics Maryland June 6-8 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as athletes from all over the state compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, cheerleading, softball and tennis. We hope to see you there!
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515 ext 124
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Towson University
8000 York Rd

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jun 6 - 7 2014

Virginia Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest competition, is nothing short of legendary thanks to overwhelming support from thousands of local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in swimming, softball, track & field, bowling and tennis.This event also features our annual Healthy Athletes expo, as well as fan filled stands, thanks to our Volunteer to Cheer program! Stay tuned to www.volunteer2cheer.com for cheering opportunities closer to the event date.
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-612-1608
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University of Richmond and Surrounding venues
Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

June 20, 2014

Special Olympics Timor Leste National Games

The National Games will have five competition sports: athletics, bocce, table tennis, badminton and 5-aside football. From these Games, Timor Leste athletes will be selected for the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
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Sebastiao do Rego Guterres
Email:sebaguterres@gmail.com
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Baucau
TIMOR-LESTE

Jun 26 - 28 2014

Minnesota State Summer Games

Join us on June 26-28 at Stillwater Area High School in the city Stillwater as Special Olympics athletes from around the state compete in athletics, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball. Support our athletes and cheer them on. We hope see you there! if you’re interested in volunteering for the Games please contact Jay Pedersen, Volunteer Manager, at jay.pedersen@somn.org or 612-604-1267.
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Mark Anderson
Phone:mark.anderson@somn.o
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Stillwater Area High School
Stillwater, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

August 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
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Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Chalerm Phrakiat 80 Pansa Stadium
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

Sep 8 - 10 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Karachi

Starting September 8, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Karachi. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
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Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Karachi
Karachi, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

Sep 28 - 30 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Lahore

Starting September 28th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Lahore. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
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Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 10 - 12 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
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Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

Oct 13 - 15 2014

Special Olympics Pakistan National Games -- Islamabad

Starting October 13th, over 600 athletes from all over the country of Pakistan will participate in the 2014 Special Olympics Pakistan's National Games in the city of Islamabad. Athletes will compete in 2 days of competition in athletics, basketball, badminton and table tennis.
For more information
Ronak Lakhani
Email:Ronak.lakhani@gmail.com
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Multiple locations in Islamabad
Islamabad, Pakistan
PAKISTAN

Oct 20 - 24 2014

Special Olympics Middle East - N. Africa Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics Coaches Training Seminar

Special Olympics in the Middle East - N. Africa region will host coaching training seminars for Special Olympics Powerlifting, Tennis & Gymnastics 20-24 October in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For each sport the training seminars will cover the basics of coaching Special Olympics athletes, principles of coaching, nutrition, safety and fitness, preparing the athletes for competition, sport safety and risk management.
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Riyadh
KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

Oct 29 - Nov 1 2014

15th National Tennis Championships

Join us as Special Olympics South Carolina hosts the Special Olympics North America 15th National Tennis Championships. 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
Email:KGarrick@so-sc.org
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Van der Meer Shipyard Resort
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

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
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Nov 6 - 8 2014

15th National Invitational Tennis Championship

Special Olympics athletes from all over the country will have the opportunity to compete at a world class tennis facility. Events offered are: Level 1 – Individual Skills Level 2 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles Level 4 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles Level 5 – Singles/Doubles/Unified Doubles
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Van der Meer Shipyard Tennis Resort
116 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

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
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

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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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