Special Olympics

JTCC began its partnership with Special Olympics Maryland in 2014 with weekly clinics held every spring, facilitated by student-athletes in the JTCC Champions program. The program was expanded in 2018 to include year-round weekly training sessions along with multiple events and tournaments.

The Special Olympics Maryland tennis team consists of 15 athletes who train at JTCC. Four Special Olympics athletes in this group won multiple medals at the Special Olympics Team USA Games in Seattle, WA in July, 2018.

JTCC offers free weekly clinics year round for Special Olympics athletes on Sundays from 3-5 pm.

For more information on registering, please email Head of Wheelchair & Adaptive Tennis Gabby Hesse.

THANKSUSA TENNIS CORPS

In the summer of 2018, the Tennis Corps program was born out of a partnership between JTCC and ThanksUSA, an organization that supports military families. Tennis Corps is a tennis mentoring program that connects junior tennis players with military veterans, creating an environment of positive role models and community engagement.

JTCC offers a free weekly clinic year-round to veterans on Wednesdays from 12-2 pm, led by former nationally ranked top 10 wheelchair tennis player Brenda Gilmore with the assistance of JTCC Champions program student-athletes. This clinic serves as rehabilitation for veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities and promotes social interaction and camaraderie.

Gilmore is also the co-founder of the Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation (PGTEF), a registered USTA Community Tennis Association and National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapter.

For more information on registering, please email Head of Wheelchair & Adaptive Tennis Gabby Hesse.

Wheelchair Tennis

JTCC began hosting Wheelchair Tennis clinics year-round in partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in 2018. The clinics are led by Brenda Gilmore, one of the top wheelchair tennis coaches in the nation, and assisted by JTCC staff and High Performance program players along with MedStar NRH volunteers.

JTCC and MedStar NRH offer free weekly clinics to junior and adult players seasonally; please register in advance by clicking the button below. Clinics are held on Sundays from 1-2:30 pm for juniors and beginner adults and 2-4 pm for intermediate and advanced adults. Registration is now open for the September – November 2022 session.

JTCC hosts additional training and competitive opportunities for wheelchair tennis players, including the JTCC Wheelchair Championships L4 tournament in October, USTA All-Comers Camp in July, and Team Tennis competitions in partnership with Sportable Adaptive Sports & Recreation in Richmond.

All full-time JTCC coaches are certified by USTA National to coach wheelchair tennis as of October of 2021. Additional wheelchair tennis coach education seminars are held periodically.

Contact Head of Wheelchair & Adaptive Tennis Gabby Hesse to learn more about JTCC’s wheelchair tennis program and upcoming events.