Adaptive Tennis

Everyone can play the sport of tennis, with the appropriate equipment. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game.


Special Olympics Fall State Games

The 2019 Special Olympics North Carolina Fall State Games was held in Charlotte November 1-3. This event brought nearly 1,200 athletes from across the state together to compete in basketball, bocce, cycling, golf, roller skating, soccer and tennis.

Buncombe County sent a delegation for soccer and tennis but there were many more sports competing as well. The Fall State Games were very organized with so many wonderful volunteers helping the athletes---heart-warming to see so many volunteers!

Tennis became a statewide sport at the 1986 Summer Games in Charlotte.

Athletes compete in several types of tennis competition throughout Fall Tournament: Individual skills, singles, short and full court Unified doubles, and singles, short and full court traditional doubles.

Unified competition brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team.

ACEing Autism

ACEing Autism uses tennis to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination, motor development and social skills for juniors 5-18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Each week participants will work on different fundamentals of the game of tennis. Participants will have an opportunity to increase their social skills through taking turns, working in teams, and following instructions.

Racquets and all equipment are provided. Participants should wear athletic clothing and sneakers and bring water. We ask that parents/caregivers be responsible for assisting with any toileting or self-care if necessary.

Our fall session 2019 ran Saturdays 9 to 10 am, September 14 through October 19

Stay tuned for future programming.

Cost: $50 for six sessions



ATA Supports Special Olympics Tennis

Special Olympics Tennis was offered on Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm at ARC South, September 3 - October 29.

If you are interested in volunteering in the future, please contact Debbie Southern:

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy in 1968 to inspire changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Buncombe County provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for youth and adults. Sports include alpine skiing and snowboarding, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, and soccer. We are a volunteer based organization with zero overhead cost. All money raised goes directly to our athletes. Special Olympics never charges the athletes or families to participate in our program.

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