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About Us

Special Populations Tennis Program, Inc. (Special Pops) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that offers an adaptive tennis program specifically designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Programs offered free of charge to all skill levels, including those who have never played, include year-round tennis instruction, league play and tournament competition.

An equally important aspect of our program is the opportunity it offers these special athletes to build their self-confidence and life skills through social interaction with each other and the many dedicated volunteers who run our programs.

Based in the metropolitan Atlanta area, Special Pops is a registered Community Tennis Association of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and is recognized by USTA Georgia as the primary CTA in Georgia for teaching tennis and training coaches to teach tennis to players with special needs. We are also an accredited agency of Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) and the only tennis training arm for many local SOGA-accredited agencies.


The seeds for serving this population were germinated in the early 1990s by a group of tennis enthusiasts with a passion for serving others and a love for the game of tennis that is bonded by a respect for both. The union of these passionate volunteers and equally passionate sports enthusiasts from the Special Olympics Georgia organization gave birth to Special Pops as a stand-alone nonprofit in 2005.


Enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through the lifetime sport of tennis.