Phase two of The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation’s nationwide adaptive tennis program for the Galveston and Gulf Coast region took place on Saturday at Menard Park’s Scoggins-Stiglich Courts.
“Today belonged to Michael, James and Harley, residents at TideWay,” said Beep Sullivan, CGSF executive director.
“The joy they experienced on the court from being simply included, one volunteer said it best, ‘It just made you feel good inside,’ saying it was the best feeling he had ever had seeing and being a part of making a difference in someone’s day in someone’s life.”
Adaptive tennis is played to all skill levels and is tailored to the athlete’s abilities, not their disabilities, Sullivan said.
“The athletes warm up and then are given drills and opportunities to experience the joy that comes from adaptive tennis,” Sullivan said.
Assisting with Saturday’s programs were buddy-up volunteers Liz Castillo, Jeff Dubrow, Craig Sullivan, Lindsey Touhuni, McKinzie Johnson, Mason Nilsson, Alex Hall and Mason Smith.
Joining in, as well, were participants of the City of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department’s ongoing junior tennis program there at the Scoggins-Stiglich Courts.
“The year-round adaptive tennis program works,” Sullivan said with a smile. “It is a powerful tool for increasing the physical and emotional health of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.”
The adaptive tennis program is for ages 22-80+.
Those wanting to sign up a loved one can do so by contacting Sullivan at email@example.com or 409-209-0581.
Sullivan said phase one of the region’s adaptive tennis program was started back in October with the Galveston Independent School District Special Olympics Texas athletes.
BARC in new year
Three local juniors won individual titles at the Bay Area Racquet Club New Years Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.
League City’s Katiana Gonzalez and Ashton Duke each walked away singles winners, while Friendswood’s Xavier Carbone-Larson was teaming up with Katy’s Brian Ho to take the boys 16-and-under doubles.
Gonzalez claimed the girls 10s orange-ball division with a perfect 2-0 showing in round-robin play, first defeating Houston’s Lauren Tadoum in round two, 4-1, 4-3.
Gonzalez then completed the sweep with a win over The Woodlands’ Lily Coleman in round three.
As for Duke, the former Clear Creek High School standout was a three-time winner in the men’s open event.
Duke started off with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Pearland’s Cade Lundberg in the quarterfinals and followed with a win over Austin’s No. 2-seeded Ishan Dhanani in the semifinals.
Later, Duke returned to the courts to upset Houston’s No. 1-seeded Christopher Bbale in the championship match, 6-1, 6-4.
And Carbone-Larson and Bui also went 2-0 in their round-robin bracket, opening with an 8-2 win over Sugar Land’s Tyler Dizon and Alexander Sanders in round one.
Then, in round two, Carbone-Larson and Bui, the No. 1 seeds, defeated Beaumont’s Dhearaj Chennuputi and Kent Liu 8-4.
Spring-ing into action
Friendswood High School’s tennis team opens its spring tennis schedule with a dual match at home on Thursday against Pasadena Dobie.
The two teams will play 10 matches total — two boys and girls singles, two boys and girls doubles, and two mixed doubles — starting at 3 p.m.
“This will get us a chance to play a tournament lineup for practice,” Mustangs coach David Cook said.
One of the mixed teams Cook plans to put together against the Longhorns will be the team’s top players, Quinn Radtke and Ethan Bui.
Registration deadline for the King Daddy Texas 10-and-under Championships is Sunday, Jan. 14, at 11:59 p.m.
The one-day Houston tournament is scheduled for Jan. 20.
Entry fee is $33. Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 801258918.
For information, call tournament director Todd Folsom at 281-723-8633 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, circle on your tournament calendar the weekend of Jan. 27-28 when BARC hosts the 3rd Annual Jen Fine Homes Parent-Child Doubles & Junior Singles tennis tournament.
Entry deadline is Jan. 21.
This tournament features a variety of family doubles events along with boys and girls 10s singles in both the green- and orange-ball divisions.
Camping out in Waco
Baylor University is offering three junior tennis camps in June.
The sessions, open to any and all entrants ages 8-18, are scheduled for June 3-7, 10-14 and 17-21.
However, overnight campers must be ages 10 and older.
Instruction will include fundamentals of the game, match strategy and mental toughness.
The cost is $695 per camper. There is a $70 discount for each additional camp attended.
For information, call camp coordinator Jacqui Haddock at 254-710-4659 or email her at www.baylor.edu/tenniscamp.
Tip of the day
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