Disabled Sports USA is excited to announce that it will offer three upcoming Wheelchair Tennis Coach Development Workshops from The United States Tennis Association (USTA). These trainings will be offered free of charge and the first event will be hosted at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, February 13-14.

With support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the training is designed to prepare coaches to engage disabled veterans in the sport, whether they are experienced tennis professionals or newcomers from Disabled Sports USA chapters and VA Medical Centers. Attendees will also be eligible to receive funds to acquire sport chairs that will expand access to wheelchair tennis in their community.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the VA and Disabled Sports USA for this opportunity,” said Jason Allen, Manager of Wheelchair Tennis and Technical at USTA. “We hope to continue our efforts by bringing wheelchair tennis to every community that will benefit from physical activity. Active military and veterans have done so much for us. It is an honor for us to do something for them in order to show our appreciation.”

Adapt2Achieve, a program of Disabled Sports USA, promotes inclusion in sports and recreation by offering customized adaptive sport guidelines and training content for sports and community organizations. Over 100 trainings have been offered since 2009 in more than 30 states across the country.

For more information about the USTA Wheelchair Tennis Coach Development Workshops offered through Adapt2Achieve, including the other training dates and locations, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org/tennistraining.

These programs are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

About USTA

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the US and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.usta.com.

About Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA is a national, charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 70,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 60 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of 140 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.