We are three high school students from Orange County, California, and we have partnered together to create a tennis program for kids with cognitive or developmental challenges who are between the ages 8-13. We hope to make the world a safer and happier place for kids with cognitive and developmental disabilities!
To help children with special needs develop a love and passion for the game of tennis by serving them the advantage with social skills needed for everyday life, while also promoting awareness and acceptance for the special needs community.
Each camper is paired up with a doubles partner on the first day of camp. A Doubles Partner is a “typical” student who is there to support the camper with special needs on a 1:1 basis. They help their camper enhance and foster positive peer interactions, increase socializing opportunities and help their camper understand and negotiate social landscapes. Doubles Partners are there to serve as a friend, and someone to help their camper engage in positive social interactions with other campers and peer buddies as well as be a tennis coach! This program is also our way of promoting awareness and acceptance for the special needs community!