Special Olympians Take Part in Tennis Clinic in Birmingham

May 8, 2003 02:30 PM

The 2003 Special Olympics Tennis Clinic was a rousing success, as more than 50 of the area's Special Olympians were on hand to participate in games, relay races, and instruction at the Brook Highland Racquet Club in Birmingham, AL. A celebrity of sorts made an appearance, as Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to pose for pictures with the athletes.

Many of the Special Olympians also took part in a skills challenge that tested everything from serves to volleys, with prizes and ribbons awarded to those who participated. A unified doubles tournament, which featured one Special Olympian and one able-bodied player per team, was held as well.

Students from nearby Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL volunteered their time, helping the athletes with the games, drills, and competitions. The clinic was run by Dave Dvorak, who serves as Chairman of the USTA Southern Section's Special Populations Committee, along with Vicky Marty and USTA Southern Section Director of USA School Tennis Jeff Smith.