Tyler Luciani has been a part of special pops for over 6 years. Because of the program, his tennis skills have improved immensely. He especially enjoys the numerous volunteers that he interacts with. Although making peer friends is challenging for him, I think he likes the other athletes that he has the opportunity to play with.
As a mother of a special needs child, it is a rarity for him to be able to participate in a program free of charge. Additionally, because parents are not required to stay on-site, it gives him a wonderful sense of independence.
— Sissy Luciani
“My daughter now practices on the court next to neighborhood kids who are 2 feet taller and twice her level of play, but what’s important is that she knows she belongs in the game and on the court, just like the other kids.”
– Parent of Special Pops Athlete
”This tournament is my French Open!”
– Special Pops Athlete upon his selection to compete at the Xperience tennis tournament sponsored by Special Olympics Virginia
“This was the most rewarding tennis experience I have had in all my years playing tennis.”
– Volunteer Unified Partner following Special Pops Fall Classic Adaptive Tennis Tournament
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