GGC Tennis Serves up Smiles with Youth Day

GRIZZLYATHLETICSDOTCOM Head coach Chase Hodges, Grizzly players and GGC staff taught lessons and held drills for high school-age players who were new to the game of tennis
GRIZZLYATHLETICSDOTCOM
Head coach Chase Hodges, Grizzly players and GGC staff taught lessons and held drills for high school-age players who were new to the game of tennis
GRIZZLYATHLETICSDOTCOM

April 26, 2013

The Georgia Gwinnett tennis program hosted a day of fun in the sun in conjunction with Special Pops Tennis on Thursday at the GGC Tennis Facility in Lawrenceville.

Head coach Chase Hodges, Grizzly players and GGC staff taught lessons and held drills for high school-age players who were new to the game of tennis.

Nearly 100 children attended the event, representing athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Gwinnett County.

"The day was a tremendous event at the GGC Tennis Facility,” Hodges said. “The GGC teams enjoyed every minute of it and we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of special kids. We plan on continuing this event on an annual basis."

Vicki Bennett, Special Pops Tennis program director and board member, says events like these are instrumental to the group’s cause.

“We had a terrific time,” said Bennett. “These have always been sought-after field trips for the kids and we thank the volunteers and GGC staff for helping execute a great event.”

Adaptive physical education teachers from around Gwinnett County helped staff the outing.

Students from Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Duluth, Mill Creek and Norcross high schools, plus the Monarch School, all took part.

Special Pops is an award-winning non-profit group that trains students and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been honored by the USTA and prepares athletes for Special Olympics events.

The group also provides social development activities throughout the southeast. For more information on Special Pops Tennis, visit www.specialpopstennis.com.

The Grizzlies recently wrapped up their first season of competition on the courts, totaling a 16-4 record between the men’s and women’s teams.