August 22, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF and the First Clinics, along with USTA North Carolina hosted their 2018 Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinic in conjunction with the Winston Salem Open Tennis Tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. This was the third year in a row for this event, made possible through cooperation with Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program in Charlotte and USTA Wheelchair Tennis, providing our instructor Jason Harnett. Jason is part of the USTA National Coaching staff for wheelchair as well as one of our international coaching staff.
Over 25 participants joined us for the morning session of training on court. Each participant was provided with a USTA Wheelchair Tennis teaching manual and Jason demonstrated many skills and drills for wheelchair, from basic chair skills to advanced drills with multiple players. The afternoon saw more wheelchair players join us for the clinic aspect of the day where players worked on serves, ground strokes and volleys.
“Great instruction. More playing time will be appreciated for all of the players”
“Excellent and Outstanding clinic, perfect training for everyone”
“Less instruction and more practice time”
“An all-day event might be nice”
Clearly our participants wanted more and more time to play! Plans are in the works for more Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinics in 2019 and a possible All Comers Camp in NC as well.
# # #
About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.