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Aggies Teach Tennis To Persons With Disabilities

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/09/2014
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Members of head coach Bruce Myers' A&T women's tennis team have volunteered at an elementary school and for The Arc of Greensboro. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s tennis team continued its great work in the community during the spring as the young ladies volunteered for the Abilities Tennis Clinic to assists The Arc of Greensboro. On Sundays in March and April, the Aggies held clinics to increase the availability of suitable tennis programs for persons with intellectual disabilities at Greensboro Day School.

“We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and interest of the tennis team working with our new Abilities Tennis program,” said Maryann Kingsmill, The Arc of Greensboro advancement director. “They have become a vital part of the program and our tennis students enjoy them tremendously!  We hope they will continue to participate and return for the fall session.”

Eventually the men’s and women’s tennis programs want to expand their outreach.

“Our goal is to make adaptive tennis programs for people with intellectual disabilities available in public and private schools, park and recreation programs, group homes and public and private schools throughout North Carolina,” said A&T’s men’s and women’s tennis coach Bruce Myers.

Women’s tennis also volunteered at Falkener Elementary School during the spring where they instructed a physical education class on how to play tennis.

The team’s other goals the Abilities Tennis Clinic program includes:

  • ·         Integrate youth and adult tennis players and athletes with special needs in a program where mentoring happens naturally on the courts through unified doubles.
  • ·         Educate adaptive physical education teachers on incorporating tennis in the PE curriculum.
  • ·         Increase the availability of tournaments across the state for persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • ·         Better the learning experience of the student-athletes by providing specialized training to coaches and volunteers on the special needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • Walk out onto any tennis court at any given time within any North Carolina community and see persons with intellectual disabilities enjoying the game of tennis, playing with their friends, family and peers.

About the Arc of Greensboro

The Arc of Greensboro was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1961 and is affiliated with a nationwide network of similar entities that promote and advocate for opportunities that promote and advocate for opportunities that empower people with development disabilities to have choices as they live their lives in the community. The Arc of Greensboro is a membership organization – the members elect the Board of Directors and approve the organization’s by-laws. The organization strives to recruit directors and staff who are sensitive to the community’s racial and ethnic diversity, as well as the special concerns of people with disabilities.

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