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. JTCC offers two-hour weekly sessions on Sunday afternoons available at no charge to participants of all ages.
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.