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Athletes | SONC Tennis Connection




Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type Sports to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Most of the sports have a training season of 8 weeks with 1-2 practices per week.
Our  Mecklenburg County group trains over 50 Special Olympic tennis athletes. Locally, we offer  seasonal  and year round training at Ballantyne Country Club  and Russell Tennis Center . Both of these tennis facilities donate the court time to our program.  We are also enjoy support from several Charlotte businesses and organizations.  Please scroll down to view a list of our community partners.

The Special Olympics Tennis Program consists of three skill levels:

Skills: For the athlete with very little exposure to tennis. Skills level emphasizes teaching of the basic strokes of tennis. Large foam balls are hand fed to the athlete from in front of the net.  Area of play is limited to the service boxes.

Short Court: Incorporates the traditional game using large foam foam balls.  Regular scoring is used with the play area being limited to the 4 service boxes.

Match Level Play: The athletes play regulation tennis with yellow balls and are USTA 2.5 level and up.

Our goal is to keep the athletes interested and improving.  The skill level structure ensures a comfortable experience for all ability levels.

For more general information on Special Olympics go to:


If you are interested in becoming an athlete please contact:

Bob Bowler at Bobbowler5@aol.com

Dori Cazorla at fashionbydori@yahoo.com