Swing Into Spring

by Mar 16, 2023North Brunswick, Online Exclusives, Sports

Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina is hosing a tennis event for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Wilmington on September 9th, 2023.

Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina is proud to sponsor the 11th annual Swing into Spring Unified Doubles Tournament and Skills Clinic on Saturday, September 9th at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex in Wilmington.

This free event is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and older. Swing into Spring pairs athletes with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities for an inspiring, one-day unified tournament. Beginning players are invited to attend a fun introductory tennis clinic from 10 am to noon.

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Everyone is invited to stay for a special tennis carnival held at the conclusion of the tournament. The carnival will include tennis competitions for all athletes, unified partners and clinic participants.

Tournament Director Billie Fitzsimons, a local coach for Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina (ATANC) and Special Olympics, says, “Swing into Spring introduces new players to tennis and gives improving players a chance to experience competition. Unified tournaments are special because they allow our athletes to socialize, build relationships and experience inclusivity while putting their skills to the test.”

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Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina (ATANC) provides free, year-round clinics, tournaments and other programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities ages 8 and older. Serving more than 600 individuals, ATANC currently offers Abilities Tennis programming in 30 locations across the state.

Want to play?
Spring Unified Doubles Tournament and Skills Clinic
Saturday, September 9th, 2023
Althea Gibson Tennis Complex, 3405 Park Avenue, Suite A, Wilmington
The event is free, but registration is required for all participants and volunteers. Register at atanc.org.

Photography by Laura Glantz

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