The Rotary Club members and the Special Pops Tennis Athletes came together on the courts in an Up-the river-Down-the river No-ad scoring format, playing in 30 minute intervals. Each participating Rotary member was paired with a Pops Athlete.
Alpharetta Rotarian, Jack Hausmann said, “I am humbled to be on the same tennis court with young people and adults who are so dedicated, talented and competitive given the challenges they deal with on a daily basis.” Heather Demis, Alpharetta Rotarian said, “Our annual Special Pops outing is the most special project to me in the whole Rotary year. We play tennis together with the special needs athletes and for a day we are out of our normal routine and humbled beyond words. Each of my partners was so happy to be there, and it just meant the world to them and us.”
Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc. (Special Pops) is a 501(c)(3) organization which offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Programs are offered free of charge to all skill levels, including those who have never played, and include year-round tennis instruction, league play and tournament competition. Based in the metro-Atlanta area, Special Pops is a registered Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and is recognized by USTA Georgia as the primary CTA in Georgia for teaching tennis and training coaches to teach tennis to players with special needs. It is also an accredited agency of Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) and the only tennis training arm for many local SOGA-accredited agencies.
“Alpharetta Rotary is very proud to support Special Pops which offers a program that teaches and shares the lifetime sport of tennis while providing these special athletes the opportunity to build their self-confidence as well as life skills through social interaction,” said Jason Binder, President of Rotary Club of Alpharetta.