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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Tennis
Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Tennis for Special Populations is a tennis program designed to cater to those members of our community with mental/learning disabilities.

The USTA Special Populations' mission is to promote and develop adaptive recreational tennis programs for those individuals with differing abilities.

Special Populations recognizes four main categories of disabilities:
  • Developmentally disabled (learning disabilities, autism, Down's 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.).

For each of these groups, USA Tennis Special Populations supports adaptive tennis programs, providing grant money, equipment and resources for specifically-tailored programs that 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 has proven to be positive sources of self-esteem, helping open doors to a more positive lifestyle.