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Delynn Orton Honored for Work as a Tennis Advocate

June 11, 2008 03:34 PM
Orton and FriendThe Western Region is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Delynn Orton. On January 26, 2008, Orton received the USTA Eastern Special Population Award at the annual Eastern Tennis Leadership Conference in White Plains. The Award recognized Orton’s commitment to making tennis accessible for all. She was cited for her work with disabled veteransat the VA Medical Center in Syracuse and for coordinating clinics/developing resources for Adaptive Physical Education (PE) teachers and Adaptive Tennis instructors. She has worked closely with the Batavia Youth Bureau in 2007 to develop the first-ever Challenger Tennis program for disabled youth from the area and is now working with volunteers from Buffalo Niagara Community Tennis Association (BNCTA) on the ‘Shining Stars’ program that will begin to serve children with autism during a two-week camp this summer. She has also conducted training sessions throughout the Eastern Section, including several in-services for Adaptive PE teachers in the Metro Region.

Orton was chosen to attend a ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop in South Carolina in March. The goal of this program is to promote, educate, and advocate for tennis as a competitive sport in the Special Olympics. Orton will be responsible for working with representatives from Special Olympics and for conducting five regional trainings within the next five years.

Orton works at Syracuse University as a Faculty Undergraduate Physical Education Coordinator in Exercise Science, and she is a member of the USTA Eastern Adaptive and Wheelchair Tennis Committees.