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USTA Eastern Partners with Special Olympics in Western and Northern Regions

April 16, 2009 07:36 PM

USTA Eastern is proud to welcome back Special Olympics New York (NYSO) as a USTA Member Organization. We are looking forward to working closely with staff, administrators, and coaches from NYSO to develop and enhance tennis programs throughout Upstate New York.

On March 28, USTA Eastern Clinician Delynn Orton and Community Outreach Specialist Joe Steger attended the NYSO Genesee Region’s Summer Sports Conference at Canandaigua Elementary School. Orton, Chair of USTA Eastern’s Adaptive Tennis Committee and a Visiting Instructor in Syracuse University’s Exercise Science Department, conducted a workshop for more than 40 NYSO Coaches and Volunteers on effective training sessions and a tennis certification course.

The NYSO program staff, these coaches and volunteers will now host “Try Tennis” clinics at the Olympic Village Pavilion at regional events during the Summer and Fall sports seasons with the goal of offering tennis as a sport in 2010.

The Central Region has been offering a spring tennis program in the Syracuse area since 2006. The program began with just two participants, but now approximately 20 athletes attend each of the eight sessions. The sessions are held at Drumlins Tennis Club for four weeks in April and then move outside to Fayetteville-Manlius High School. Racquets and balls are provided to each athlete.

We are working with NYSO to develop more programs, and we will continue to schedule workshops in an effort to train additional staff, coaches, and volunteers so that NYSO can deliver tennis programs to athletes throughout Upstate New York.