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!
Jacob is a junior at Orange Lutheran High School, and participates for his school's tennis team. His brother was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old, and Jacob came to realize that all his brother needed was fun and games to open up. The brothers make it a point to take weekly lessons together.
Natalie is a junior at Orange Lutheran, a varsity member on her high school tennis team, and a Gold Award Girl Scout. Natalie is excited to incorporate her love for tennis and give back.
Andy Loughran is a junior and competes on Servite’s varsity tennis team. At school, he is a part of the Admissions Campus Leadership and Peer Assistance Leadership. He is also a member of the charity organization, the National League of Young Men.