June 19, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

First-ever European Tennis Day!!

By Maureen Rabbitt

Too often athletes with intellectual disabilities are excluded from playing tennis. European Tennis Day 2014 aims to change that.

This week marked the first-ever Special Olympics European Tennis Day -- Monday, June 16th. The goal was to create and celebrate opportunities in tennis for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Tennis Europe has been a key supporter. Special Olympics clubs from 9 countries in Europe Eurasia were there to showcase the skills of athletes by hosting public demonstration matches and other activities. Unified Tennis events also gave tennis players with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete together and enjoy the benefits of friendship on and off the court. Participants in Europe Tennis Day 2014 cluded athletes from Austria, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Romania and Turkey.

About Maureen Rabbitt: I am responsible for Communications & Branding at Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

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