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.
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 two-hour weekly tennis clinic 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.
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 offers a free clinic to junior and adult players. Registration is now open for the fall session from September 12 – November 21. Clinics are held on Sundays from 1-2 pm for juniors and 1-3 pm for adults.
JTCC will be hosting the first annual Capital Cup Championships Wheelchair Tennis Tournament October 15-17. For more information and to register, visit playtennis.usta.com/tournaments. There are junior and adult divisions, and juniors are invited to participate in a clinic led by Brenda Gilmore on Saturday, October 16 12-2 pm.
Contact Head of Adaptive Tennis Gabby Hesse to learn more about JTCC’s wheelchair tennis program and upcoming events.