Belfast Special Olympians net success in tennis

Stevens wins gold medal, Place finishes fifth in skills competition
By Staff | Sep 18, 2012
Two athletes from Belfast's “Tennis For Fun” program competed in the Maine State Special Olympics for tennis Aug. 22 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, including Douglas Stevens, left, who won a gold medal, and Brandi Place, who finished fifth in her division.

Rockport — The Maine State Special Olympics for tennis was held Aug. 22 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Forty-eight Special Olympic athletes from around the state competed in individual skills. The competition consisted of seven individual skills covering all of the strokes of the sport.

Two athletes from Belfast's “Tennis For Fun” program competed as Douglas Stevens won a gold medal and Brandi Place finished fifth in her division.

“Tennis For Fun” is a free clinic for special needs athletes. Currently there are four TFF programs in the country — Belfast and Camden in Maine and Brandon and Tampa in Florida.

The “Tennis For Fun” program recently won a national award – The United States Tennis Association Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award.

The Belfast clinics are Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. June through October at the Belfast City Park.

For more information, go online to tennisforfun.org or contact Judy Moore by phone at 338-0905 or by email at cardlady1946@yahoo.com.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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