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JTCC Athlete Madeleine-Camille Preuninger Thriving In New Wheelchair

Dec 7, 2023

The tennis journey of JTCC MedStar athlete Madeleine-Camille Preuninger was transformed overnight when she was the surprise recipient of a free custom-fit sports wheelchair six months ago.

The Hartford, a leading provider of disability insurance that has dedicated itself for the past 30 years to making adaptive sports and equipment more accessible, awarded the wheelchair to Preuninger making an indelible impact on the tennis enthusiast who began playing at JTCC in 2021.  

“Adaptive sports have not only saved my life and maintained my physical well-being, but have also empowered me with independence,” said Preuninger, a regular member of JTCC’s weekly Integrative Clinics on Mondays.

“Adaptive Sports are a constant challenge, keeping me strong while instilling the courage to attempt things I never thought possible,” she continued.

In 2023, JTCC was awarded a $50,000 grant from The Hartford to purchase new adaptive sports equipment, including nine top-of-the-line tennis wheelchairs. With the support of Move United, a national leader in community adaptive sports, JTCC rewarded Preuninger for her dedication and exuberance to the sport during a special event.

“I’m super thankful for having the opportunity to own a new chair because otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to purchase one due to the cost,” expressed a grateful Preuninger. 

Preuninger’s custom-fit chair on the court helps her avoid injuries, enhance comfort, and allows her to focus on improving her skills.

Not only an active participant at JTCC clinics, Preuninger has given back to the adaptive community, volunteering as a Junior Wheelchair Players coach. 

Moving forward, Preuninger plans to continue improving her skills as a player and a coach. She also hopes to share the importance of adaptive tennis and change perspectives on disabilities in France, where much of her family resides.

Special thanks to The Hartford & Move United for making dreams come true. Here’s to celebrating the passion and commitment that Madeleine brings to the world of wheelchair tennis!

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