SPUD  (for Levels II, III and V)

Athletes and Unified Partners should have prior match play experience.  This event is NOT open to SKILLS Level Athletes.
League Dates:  July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31, 2021.
Location: Windward Lake Club at  2001 Lake Windward Dr, Alpharetta GA 30005.

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SPECIAL POPS UNIFIED DOUBLES LEAGUE (for Levels II, III and V)

Athletes and Unified Partners should have prior match play experience.

This event is NOT open to SKILLS Level Athletes. 

League Dates:  July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31, 2021.

Location: Windward Lake Club at  2001 Lake Windward Dr, Alpharetta GA 30005.

Special Pops leadership is dedicated to creating the same opportunities for our athletes that are afforded other persons who play tennis. The Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) Tennis League was formed in 2008 utilizing an adaptive playing format. Athletes are placed on teams and compete as team members against similarly-skilled athletes on other teams. Athletes are paired with traditional tennis players (unified partners) in matches against opposing teams. Play usually begins in July and is completed in August.

SPUD League players receive a team shirt and league participation medal, enjoy an end-of-season playoff and social interaction with teammates and members of other teams.

Athletes & Coaches

Eligibility:

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

Equipment:

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

Volunteers

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 serve@specialpopstennis.org

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