H-F club hosts Special Olympics tennis event
July 12, 2012 3:24PM
The H-F Racquet & Fitness Club recently hosted its Special Olympics area tournament for tennis. | Supplied Phot
Updated: August 16, 2012 6:05AM
The H-F Racquet & Fitness Club recently hosted its Special Olympics Area Tournament for Tennis. This year’s theme was “Achieving a Personal Best.”
Special Olympics is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that provides sports training and competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Tennis, introduced into the Special Olympics in 1987 at the Special Olympics International Games held at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., now is a part of the Special Olympics.
In 1989, the club held its first adaptive tennis class, supported by sports manager Sylvia Gothard and teaching pro Nancy Hoekstra.
Athletes compete in one of five levels of play. Match play athletes can compete in singles, doubles and unified doubles in which a Special Olympic athlete partners with a traditional tennis player.