Belfast Special Olympians net success in tennisStevens wins gold medal, Place finishes fifth in skills competition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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