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8/24/2011
Charlotte, NC- The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will partner with the Charlotte Tennis Association, Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina and Special Olympics of North Carolina for the first annual Charlotte Fall Challenge Tennis Tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Jeff Adams Tennis Center, 1200 W. Tyvola Road.

Athletes of all ages are invited to compete free of charge in one of the following skill levels: 
  • Beginner (Skills): Small court, foam balls, coach feed. 
  • Intermediate (Short Court): Small court, foam ball - singles play. 
  • Advanced (Match Play): Full court, regular balls – singles play. 
  • Unified Doubles: This is an extremely rewarding format for both volunteers and athletes. Volunteers with tennis experience can sign up to be paired with an athlete as a doubles team. Unified doubles play will include “short court” and “match play” levels.
To sign up for the tournament, contact Jeff Beard at 704-604-1601 or jeff@charlottetennisassociation.com.

About the Charlotte Tennis Association, (CTA):
The Charlotte Tennis Association was founded in 1991, and since that time has focused on its singular mission: To promote and develop the game of tennis in the Greater Charlotte area. The Charlotte Tennis Association is a non-profit organization and represents the United States Tennis Association, Southern Tennis Association and North Carolina Tennis Association in our community. A professional staff carries out CTA's daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and volunteer structure. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the CTA, visit www.charlottetennisassociation.com.

About the Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina, (ATANC):
Founded in June 2010, the mission of the ATANC is "To provide a positive tennis experience, enhancing the mental, physical, emotional, and social well being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through their learning the skills required to participate and compete in the sport of tennis." The ATANC was formed to partner with local tennis programs offering support, training and events throughout the state, on a year-round basis, for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information about the ATANC, please visit www.atanc.org.