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2020 Fall Classic


It is with great pleasure we announce our plans and open the registration for the Special Pops Tennis 15th Annual Fall Classic Adaptive Tennis Tournament.

When: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Where: Lifetime Athletic and Tennis, 6350 Courtside Dr NW, Peachtree Corners

Like everything else in our lives during 2020, the Fall Classic will look and feel a little different. With the support and guidance of organizations like the ALTA Foundation, USTA Southern, Lifetime Athletic and Tennis, we’ve made several modifications for personal health and safety reasons. By following the modifications, we are confident you can still expect to Play Tennis – Make Friends – Live Life!

Tournament Format

  • The competition is a one day event.
  • The competition will only feature Unified Doubles play.
  • Each athlete will be placed in a competitive division.
  • Each division will be played in a two-hour segment.
  • Each athlete will play three timed matches, receive their placement medal and be dismissed prior to the arrival of the next division.
  • Light refreshments will be available throughout the event.
  • Overnight lodging is not available.

Health and Safety Measures

  • Everyone will undergo a temperature check upon arrival.
  • Everyone attending will need to sign a waiver at the designated check-in area.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask while on-site. Please bring your own masks.
  • During tennis play, competitors will be permitted to remove their masks.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the tennis courts for the athletes, unified partners, spectators and volunteers.
  • For spectators and other attendees, allotted seating will be spaced to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
  • When volunteer duties has lapsed, we ask that volunteers vacate the venue to allow for the next group of volunteers.
  • When athlete has received competition medal, we ask that athletes, families, and guests please vacate the venue to allow the next group of athletes to enter the venue to start their competition.

Read more information from Lifetime about their safety measures.

Athlete and Volunteer Registration

There is a limit of 48 slots for athlete registrations. This is on a first come first serve basis. Registration closes on Friday, October 9, 2020.

Thank you in advance for the support you have offered and the patience you have shown through these times of uncertainty. Just know that SPT remains committed to our mission of “enriching lives.” We understand personal circumstances may make it not feasible for you to participate at this time. When it is again feasible for you to participate, you are always welcome as a member of the Special Pops Tennis family.

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts! Until then stay safe, healthy, happy and active!!! Feel free to contact me with your additional questions or for clarification regarding either the event or the registration process.

— Jim Hamm
Special Pops Tennis – Executive Director

NOTE: The Tournament Director will be monitoring for any circumstances that may affect the status of this event. We’ll share updates via email and on the website of any changes to the 2020 Fall Classic.

Athletes & Coaches


Special Pops primarily follows the rules of eligibility as established by Special Olympics North America. Special Pops requirements are:

  • Minimum age requirement to train is age 6
  • Minimum age to compete in a tournament event is 8
  • Person must have a diagnosed intellectual disability
  • Current medical registration on file at Special Olympics office within a reasonable period after participation begins
  • Able to provide his/her own transportation

Skill Levels:

Tennis experience and competency is not a qualifier to participate in Special Pops as either an Athlete or a Volunteer.

The most important characteristics are:

  • Interest in the sport
  • Best effort


Athletes and volunteers are not required to bring any specific tennis equipment. The minimum requirement for each is to have court-approved footwear.


At each of our events, we utilize volunteers in on-court and off-court capacities. Tennis experience and knowledge is a plus but not a requirement for all activities. Your involvement and passion for helping others is far more valuable than your knowledge or skill level as a tennis player. Tennis teams, school groups, families, neighborhoods, and individuals are all encouraged to get involved.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Passion for the population and helping others
  • Energetic
  • Availability
  • Tennis skill and knowledge of the game required for some on-court volunteers

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Training athletes: instructor, ball feeder, court control
  • Ball person
  • Umpire
  • Unified partner (please see specific requirements below)
  • Coach
  • Site coordinator
  • Chaperon
  • Administrative support

Events include: 

  • Training academies: 8 weeks during spring- locations throughout metro Atlanta. Some locations provide an extended schedule for training.
  • League Play: Early Fall
  • Special Olympics Georgia State Games: May/June (see requirements below)
  • Annual Fall Classic Adaptive Tennis Tournament
  • Fundraising events
  • Other – If you have expertise you’d like to share, please contact Special Pops at

Enjoy the thrill of making a difference in the lives of our athletes while enriching your own life. For more information about volunteer opportunities with our organization and the programs we offer, please contact us