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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Tennis
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: locker rooms, shower facilities, parking area, and front desk/reception.

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:Specialized degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education/Exercise Science with some coursework in disability, Adapted Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation, Professional Tennis Registry, and United States Professional Tennis Association.

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Rule adaptations as well as variations in balls, tennis raquets, and tennis courts.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The USTA Special Populations' mission is to promote and develop adaptive recreational tennis programs for those individuals with differing abilities. Through associated organizations, the 17 USTA sections and staff, 198 local and community programs, and the USTA National Office, Special Populations of USA Tennis hopes to carry out its mission.

Special Populations recognizes four main categories of disabilities:
  • Developmentally disabled (learning disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability)
  • Physically disabled (birth defects, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, hearing impaired, stroke, etc.)
  • Consumers of mental health services (psychiatrically disabled, emotionally disturbed)
  • At risk/environmentally disabled (substance abusers, mentally and physically abused, homeless, HIV positive individuals, persons within the juvenile justice system, etc.)
USA Tennis Special Populations supports adaptive tennis programs specifically tailored to provide fun, fitness and a positive social experience for participants. Regional clinics and instructional programs are held throughout the country, often in conjunction with agencies devoted to serving special populations within the respective communities. The enjoyment, physical well-being and contact shared by participants have proven to be positive sources of self-esteem, helping to open doors to a more positive lifestyle.

USA Tennis Special Populations & Special Olympics

In March of 2003, USA Tennis Special Populations and Special Olympics North America forged a new partnership to provide more opportunities for special needs people to play tennis.