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Tennis

This page draws together tennis-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics tennis.  View the Tennis Fact Sheet

Tennis is a popular sport played at all levels of skill and by players of all ages. Every athlete aims in passing the ball to the opponent's side of the net, striking it with a tennis racquet. The sport emphasizes values, such as fair play, sportsmanship and respect for fellow competitors. Tennis is not only fun to play, but it is a lifetime sport activity that is fun to practice and fun to learn.


Tennis Stories and News


November 13, 2014 | Latin America: Brazil

Being a partner

By Dalva Pompermayer

Dalva Pompermayer (partner) and Ruy Carneiro (athlete) from Special Olympics Brazil will be playing unified doubles in LA 2015

I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease.View Story I am Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old and I always heard about Special Olympics but I have never being involved before because I had to take care of my old mom and after her death, taking care of my sister with Alzheimer's disease. But in my free time I kept playing tennis because I love this game where I could met my friends and distracted my head from this terrible desease that consumes us. And suddenly, I was invited by a very good friend to play a unified double with Ruy, the best tennis player with intellectual disabilities in Jundiai, SP (our home town) and I can affirm that he is the best tennis player in Brazil. At the beginning I was afraid to play with him because he hates to lose and during our first matches we were losing so many points, what made him nuts. After many other practices together, I have learned how to deal with his anger and now I can say that we are real partners. He respects me, one helps the other during the matches, we train twice a week and that opportunity brought me back to life.

About Dalva Pompermayer:Dalva Pompermayer, 62 years old, retired, a amateur tennis player and a Special Olympics lover.
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October 10, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

A Presidential Welcome for athletes at Tennis Seminar in Hungary

By Suzanne Coogan

Athletes getting some useful tennis tips at the Flamenco Tennis Club, Budapest

Hungarian President Mr. János Áder warmly welcomed 26 Special Olympics athletes from Austria, Turkey, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Hungary who were taking part in a Special Olympics Tennis Seminar in Budapest.View Story Hungarian President Mr. János Áder warmly welcomed 26 Special Olympics athletes from Austria, Turkey, Luxembourg, Poland, Israel, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain and Hungary who were taking part in a Special Olympics Tennis Seminar at the prestigious Flamenco Tennis Club in Budapest. President Áder spent time with the athletes at the Flamenco Club along with two former professional Hungarian tennis players, Marcell Dekany and Petra Selmeci, who conducted practical sessions with coaches and athletes. The main objective of the Seminar which ran from Oct 3 – 5 was to introduce new Special Olympics Tennis rules as part of the ‘Play & Stay’ Youth Program involving smaller courts and softer balls for lower level athletes. The new rules will be followed at the LA 2015 World Summer Games next year. Huge thanks to Special Olympics Hungary staff and volunteers and of course to Katalin Sebestien, SOEE Tennis Advisor for organizing such a successful seminar.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 11, 2014 | North America: Iowa

20 Years, 100 Victories, 1 Goal

By Jason Halkias

I have been blessed and privileged to have competed in 10 sports. Despite all my success in my career, my goal has never changed: to do my best, and never quit, whether win or lose.View Story I broke into the Special Olympics Iowa scene at age 8 in 1995, scoring my first career gold in my best sport of tennis. Nineteen years later, I scored my 100th career Special Olympics victory (68th gold medal to go along with 32 blue ribbons) with a victory in the mini javelin. But despite all my success in my career, my goal has never changed: to do my best, and never quit, whether win or lose. I have been blessed and privileged to have competed in 10 sports. I formerly competed in speed skating, basketball skills, roller skating, golf, and bowling. I currently compete in figure skating, powerlifting, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. To me, the best athletes are those who never quit, win or lose. For me, none more so than at the 2008 and 2013 SOI Winter Games in speed skating. In both instances, I raced in a 300 meters event with two other skaters, and both times I fell to the ice. Yet both times I knew I would not win but could still finish second, and I got up and did finish second both times.

About Jason Halkias:I have lived in Scott County in Iowa (either Bettendorf or Davenport) most of my life. Today, I primarily compete on the team called Scott County Masters. I also currently work at a local YMCA in Davenport and volunteer at a museum in Bettendorf.
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Tennis Events


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Event

Location

Dec 13 - 14 2014

2014 Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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More Details
Email:info@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, California
UNITED STATES

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

Jan 15 - 17 2015

The Xperience Tennis Invitational

Xperience Special Olympics tennis at its best. This three-day tennis extravaganza takes place in January at the Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club, one of the country’s finest tennis venues and a fitting location for the best Special Olympics tennis athletes in the nation. Mix in world-class volunteers from the University of Virginia athletics programs and the Charlottesville community and you’ve got an ace of an event!
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Katie Botha
Email:kbotha@specialolympicsva.org
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Boar's Head Inn & Sports Club
200 Ednam Dr.

Charlottesville , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Tennis Competitions

2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

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