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Special Olympics Tennis Tournament

“Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Special Olympics TennisThe Special Olympics athlete’s oath is a good one to live by for not only those with intellectual disabilities, but all of us. To see this philosophy in action, stop by Van der Meer November 6 – 8, 2014, for the 15th Annual Special Olympics Tennis Tournament. This will be our first year to volunteer, and we are looking forward to it. We are new to this Special Olympics tennis event, but have already learned a lot about it (click here for specific Special Olympics tennis rules).

Special Olympics Mission

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics Philosophy

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. These must be adapted only as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitations. The Special Olympics rules for tennis provide modifications to control the length of matches through no-add scoring and options for short sets. Additional options for shorter courts and low-compression balls are available for athletes of lower ability.

Special Olympics South Carolina’s Vision

Special Olympics TennisThe vision of Special Olympics South Carolina is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members of society. This will be the 15th year for the Special Olympics Tennis Tournament here in Hilton Head. It promises to be a great weekend, hosted by Van der Meer Tennis Center in Shipyard. Hope to see you there!

About the author: Janet Turley is a freelance writer living in Hilton Head. She blogs at janetturleyhiltonhead.com about all the wonderful things to do on the island, including playing tennis. Contact her at janet@janetturleyhiltonhead.com

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