County Special Olympics February 18th at Berkeley Prepatory School
Area Special Olympics March 25th at Jesuit High School
End of Year Awards & Pizza Party April 28th at the Moose Lodge.
Our athletes competed in the 2016 County & Area Special Olympics. Click here to see photos.
A special Thank You to the tennis members of The Oaks Club of Osprey for their donations of tennis rackets, shoes, balls and clothes to our Tennis For Fun athletes. Click here to see photos.
Thank You Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center! We love our new shirts!
Tennis for Fun
Tennis For Fun, a free tennis clinic for athletes with special needs, is a volunteer organization that provides athletes with an opportunity to have fun playing tennis, to learn basic skills and to socialize with each other.
Our program specializes with athletes of all ages that are intellectually handicapped, especially those with Down Syndrome, but other special needs athletes are also welcome to join the program.
Tennis For Fun is entirely a volunteer organization. All services and equipment are donated by our wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award
The USTA awarded the 2011 USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award to Tennis For Fun. The award is given to a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community. View the video below!
Tennis for Fun was founded by Nathan Moore, a Jesuit High School student, in September of 2000. His goal was to create a positive and fun activity for special needs athletes in the greater Tampa area. Since its inception, the program has grown substantially, spreading to four locations and coaching over a hundred athletes. Although Nathan has been attending college at St. Louis University, the program has been continued by his mother, Judy, along with Rosanna Chiaramonte, both of whom have played an enormous role in making the program what it is today.
Consider donating your used tennis rackets, balls, or clothing. We will put your donation to good use. New tennis equiment and supplies (ie. string, grips, etc.) are welcome.
The Tennis for Fun instructors are certified by the Special Olympics and our athletes follow the Special Olympics Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct holds all Special Olympic athletes to the highest standards of competition. As part of the Code of Conduct, our athletes have taken the following oath: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."