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Omaha program wins national award

Omaha program wins national award

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Omaha Tennis Buddies has been awarded the 2013 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award.

The group was honored during the annual USTA Tennis Development Workshop last weekend in Denver.

The USTA bestows the recognition upon a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.

Established in 2005, Omaha Tennis Buddies is a program that provides year-round training opportunities for tennis athletes with developmental and physical disabilities. The program was built upon the summer program established by Special Olympics of Nebraska.

With the help of the Omaha tennis community, Tennis Buddies provides additional training and resources throughout the year, fostering competitive tennis opportunities, friendships and social networks for players of all ages with special needs.

In the winter, its players train at The Tennis Club. In the summer, tennis practices are held at Westside High School.

Along with other volunteers, the Creighton University men’s and women’s teams work out with the Tennis Buddies.

Tennis Buddies is fully supported by grants and donations. The program is free of charge and the instructors and coaches are volunteers.

“Tammy Hill and the Omaha Tennis Buddies are dedicated to ensuring that everyone with special needs has the opportunity to participate in a meaningful tennis experience,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “We are proud to acknowledge their efforts with this award.”

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