Special Needs Tennis Camp

The Boeing Employees Tennis Club (BETC) is hosting its 4th annual Special Needs Tennis Camp on April 6th and 7th, 2019.  BETC is partnering with the Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy for Down Syndrome and the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound to host this weekend tennis camp.  It is designed for anyone with any degree of intellectual or developmental disability to learn to play and appreciate the game of tennis. Jump to FAQ or Registration


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  • When:  Saturday April 6th, 9:00am – 12:30pm & Sunday April 7th, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Where:  Boeing Employees Tennis Club, 6727 S 199th Pl, Kent, WA  98032. Phone 253-872-5545 ext 1. INDOOR COURTS 4, 5 and 6
  • What is Provided:
    • Each Athlete will receive and can keep:  new tennis racquet, training balls, t-shirt, hat, string-bag, head and wrist bands, tennis socks and more
    • All courts, balls and training aids
    • Water and gluten-free snacks
    • A gluten-free box lunch on Saturday and a graduation diploma on Sunday
  • Program:
    • Warm-ups with music, agility/balance drills, eye-hand drills including “BIG BALL”
    • Beginning strokes and volleys
  • Who:  Any person age 8+ with an intellectual or developmental disability even if they have never held a tennis racquet in their lives!  Of course, beginners and advanced beginners are welcome too. Note: parents and/or care providers must remain on site (there is a nice viewing area).  30 Athletes Max.
  • Fee:  $75 per Athlete (please inquire about scholarships)
  • For more information contact:  Daryl Harper, daryl@harper3.org, 253-335-4647
  • Sponsors (all non-profits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Q:  Who will be coaching and supervising?  A:  We’ll have Dr. Vince Schmidt of JSTA as our Camp Director.  Also, BETC Head Pro Allen Overland, BETC Club Director Adrian Buchan and Club Member Daryl Harper will be helping.  Also, members of the Highline College Women’s Tennis Team and volunteers from local High School tennis teams will act as Buddies.  Every Athlete will have a buddy to help them through the Program.
  • Q:  Will I be able to watch my Athlete?  A:  Yes, BETC has an open mezzanine that provides excellent viewing of all Camp Activities.
  • Q:  Will there be breaks for the Athletes?  A:  Yes, on Sat at 11am and on Sun at 2pm.
  • Q:  Do I need to stay on site with my Athlete?  A:  Yes, we ask that a parent, guardian or care-giver be on-site at the BETC at all times in case your Athlete needs care.
  • Q:  What should each Athlete bring?  A:  Themselves dressed in comfortable athletic apparel, non-marking athletic shoes and if they have a tennis racquet and water bottle, please bring those.
  • Q:  Can an Athlete register even if they can only attend 1 day of Camp? A:  Yes.
  • Q:  Why are the Sponsors holding this Camp every year?  A:  Each of the sponsor organizations is very interested in promoting tennis as a viable choice to people (both children and adults) with special needs and their families as they endeavor to improve physical health and increase recreational enjoyment through sport.  Tennis is a sport that can be played by people even into their 70s and 80s!
  • Q:  Can I take pictures?  A:  Yes.
  • Q:  Are there bathrooms and showers in the facility?  A:  Yes.
  • Q:  Is there public transportation to the BETC?  A:  Yes, Metro Bus Route #150 stops 1 block North of the BETC at 68th Ave S and S 196th St.
  • Q:  What if I can’t afford the Fee?  A:  Please contact Daryl to arrange a Scholarship.
  • Q:  What has been the reaction to your Camps?  A:  See this local article:  http://www.kentreporter.com/sports/connecting-on-the-court-photos/
  • Q:  Can an Athlete get good at tennis?  A:  See this local interview:  https://www.king5.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/new-day-northwest/black-diamond-athlete-competes-in-seattles-special-olympics-usa-games/281-571976867
  • Q:  What if an Athlete wants to keep playing Tennis after the Camp is over? A:  Join a Special Olympics Tennis Team.  http://specialolympicswashington.org/sports/tennis/ . You can also contact Daryl and he’ll connect you with a Special Olympics Tennis team.  BETC also has classes taught by tennis professionals that have been optimized for Our Community.  https://www.kentwa.gov/residents/parks-recreation-and-community-services/recreation-programs-classes/adaptive-recreation/adaptive-sports. Private lessons and private group lessons can be booked with BETC instructor Dan Cotton.

 



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