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The USTA currently sanctions more than
120 wheelchair tennis tournaments at all
levels annually.
to be successful as wheelchair tennis
opportunities continue to increase
throughout the country. "
Setting the Standard
The USTA also has provided its
coaches with the necessary tools
to support the present and future
of the sport. According to Jason
Allen, Ed.D., the USTA's manager
of research and education for
USTA-U - the association's professional
development initiative - the
USTA advocated for the addition
of wheelchair-specific language and
content into the formalized certification
provided by the Professional
Tennis Registry (PTR) for all newlycertified
teaching professionals, education
that Allen says historically
remained on the fringes. The association
also holds annual wheelchair
tennis camps at tennis clubs,
public parks and recreation facilities
around the country that Allen calls
" the gold standard " for introducing
the sport to new players and fostering
mentoring relationships among
coaches and athletes.
" The USTA hopes to be a blueprint
for other national governing
bodies that want to take on, assist
or support the adaptive side of
their sport, and we've loved to hear
from others in the fields of adaptive
and Paralympic sport that we
are leading the way, " Allen says.
" We still have a long way to go, but
we're laying the foundation each
and every day, and hope that this
investment will lead to seamless
integration for future generations. "
Partnerships
In addition to its in-house wheelchair
operations, the USTA also
has a working relationship with
grassroots adaptive tennis programs
around the country. There are more
than 350 adaptive tennis programs
registered with the USTA nationwide
that serve a variety of athletes
with physical, cognitive and developmental,
and emotional and social
disabilities. On and off the court,
these programs provide a critical
outlet to a broad constituency within
the public. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,
there are nearly 61 million
adults with disabilities in the United
States, or 26 percent of all U.S. residents.
By investing in these tennis
programs, the USTA seeks to attract
youth and adults who are often excluded
from other athletic exploits
and build a sense of community.
Advancing Adaptive Tennis
In
addition
the
to
first-ever
recently releasing
adaptive
and growth of adaptive tennis
programs at the community level,
and since 2019, has hosted
National Adaptive Championships
at the USTA National Campus
in Orlando,
the
Florida. This unified
tennis
coaching curriculum, the USTA
sponsors financial grants to assist
in the promotion, implementation
doubles tournament consists of
pairs comprising one adaptiveplaying
participant (athlete) and one
non-adaptive-playing participant
(partner). Locally, each of the USTA's
17 sections have designated diversity
and inclusion staff that help advance
adaptive tennis at the grassroots level.
They can effectively answer questions
on a wide range of topics, including
financing and procuring educational
materials and equipment.
All of this has been a critical element
in the USTA's mission to grow
the sport of tennis and ensure that
the game is available and accessible
to all. Tennis is tennis, and that is a
mantra that has served the sport -
and those who play it - particularly
well. After all, a more inclusive sport
is always a better sport.
Victoria Chiesa is Assistant Managing Editor
for USTA Corporate Communications.
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