Special Pops Tennis Presents SPT Volunteer Coaches Cert

Greetings and welcome to our newest program at Special Pops Tennis. We have been in action since 2005 and serve many Athletes through a variety of programs at multiple sites in metro Atlanta. Our Athlete training is offered at no cost as we rely heavily on the expertise and compassion of the many tennis players and tennis facilities in metro Atlanta. As a grassroots volunteer organization, it is challenging to engage the adaptive population consistently, allowing the Athlete to give their best effort in training and competition.

To meet the challenge, we must continually dedicate ourselves to a standard of quality in training by equipping our volunteers with the knowledge and tools needed to deliver on that commitment.

Directing this effort is Viola Madej, SPT Board member – Volunteer Training. Viola has a successful background in teaching tennis to thousands of children and adults as both players and coaches. SPT benefits from the knowledge and expertise that Viola brings to the organization. Her teaching style has proven to be successful whether she is teaching a high-performance tennis player or a beginner. This is true for a variety of skill levels that exist among our SPT athletes!

So WELCOME to the inaugural SPTVC (Special Pops Tennis Volunteer Coach) course as a member of the class of 2023! We look forward to your participation and always welcome and encourage your feedback!

Jim Hamm – SPT Executive Director

Unleash Your Potential as a Tennis Coach and Change Lives!

Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey of growth and fulfillment with our tennis coaching certification program, tailor-made for high school players like YOU! We’re not just here to teach you the ropes; we’re committed to empowering you with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to create a lasting impact on the tennis court and beyond. Imagine the thrill of organizing and conducting tennis lessons specifically crafted for intellectually disabled athletes, where every swing of the racquet sparks joy and achievement. Our program is all about spreading the magic of inclusivity and empathy, creating unforgettable tennis experiences that enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Get ready to embrace your inner leader, discover your unique coaching style, and witness the transformational power of sport. As part of this vibrant community, you’ll experience personal growth like never before, honing your communication skills and fostering an environment where every player feels valued and inspired. And the best part? Your dedication and passion will be recognized with a prestigious tennis coaching certification, a badge of honor that sets you apart as a true game-changer. Join us on this exhilarating journey of joy, growth, and making a difference one serve at a time. Together, we’ll unlock the immense potential within you and create a tennis community where everyone thrives and shines. Let’s serve up smiles and success together!

Comprehensive Curriculum: Our certification program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers various aspects of coaching individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants will learn about disability awareness, communication strategies, modified training methods, and adaptive equipment to ensure an inclusive and engaging tennis environment. 

Practical Training: We provide hands-on practical training opportunities where participants will have the chance to work directly with intellectually disabled athletes. Through supervised coaching sessions, participants will gain valuable experience in adapting their coaching techniques to meet the specific needs, abilities, and learning style of each athlete.

Inclusive Lesson Planning: Our program emphasizes the importance of lesson planning tailored to the unique requirements of intellectually disabled athletes. Participants will learn how to create structured and engaging lessons, incorporating modified drills, games, and activities that promote skill development, social interaction, and fun.

Communication and Connection: Effective communication and building meaningful connections with intellectually disabled athletes are vital elements of inclusive coaching. Our program equips participants with communication strategies and tools to effectively engage, motivate, and support athletes with intellectual disabilities, fostering a positive and inclusive coaching environment.

Impactful Tennis Experiences: By completing our certification program, participants will gain the skills and confidence to create impactful tennis experiences for intellectually disabled athletes. They will be equipped to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment that promotes skill development, personal growth, and the joy of tennis.

  1. Inclusive Coaching Skills: Gain valuable inclusive coaching skills, equipping you to create an inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities on the tennis court.

  2. Personal Growth and Development: Embark on a journey of personal growth, building resilience, effective communication, and leadership skills that extend far beyond the world of tennis.

  3. Social Impact: Make a tangible social impact as you inspire and empower intellectually disabled athletes, fostering their growth, happiness, and progress through the power of tennis.

  4. Career and Volunteer Opportunities: Open doors to exciting career and volunteer opportunities in sports coaching, education, and community engagement, armed with the expertise to work with diverse populations.

  5. Enhanced Resume and College Applications: Stand out with an enhanced resume showcasing your dedication to making a difference and your commitment to inclusivity. Boost your college applications with this unique experience.

  6. Networking and Mentorship: Become part of a supportive coaching community, connecting with like-minded individuals and experienced mentors who share your passion for tennis and making a positive impact.

  7. Personal Satisfaction: Experience profound personal satisfaction as you witness the progress and achievements of your athletes. The joy of coaching and making a difference will bring fulfillment like no other.

  8. Qualified Coaching Certification: Upon completion, receive the prestigious SPTVC (Special Pops Tennis Volunteer Coach) Certificate, validating your coaching expertise and dedication to inclusive coaching.

  9. Access to Resources: Benefit from a wealth of resources, including training materials, mentorship, practical demonstrations, and accessible equipment, enhancing your coaching capabilities.

  10. Impactful Tennis Experiences: Gain the skills and confidence to create impactful tennis experiences, providing intellectually disabled athletes with a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for skill development and personal growth.

By participating in the SPT Volunteer Coaches Program, you will not only excel as a coach but also touch lives and create cherished memories. Join us in this transformative journey, where the joy of tennis and the power of inclusivity combine to create meaningful and lasting connections. Together, let’s serve up smiles and success for all!


We are delighted to share that the Tennis Coaching Certification Program is fully sponsored by SpecialPOPs, and there is no cost for participants to enroll in the program. We believe in creating opportunities for aspiring coaches to make a positive impact, and we are thrilled to offer this program without any financial burden. As a unique requirement, participants are asked to serve as coaches for a minimum of two seasons in a location of their choosing. This commitment allows coaches to share their passion and expertise with intellectually disabled athletes, fostering meaningful tennis experiences and creating lasting memories. Join us in this journey of empowerment, where your dedication and coaching efforts will make a significant difference in the lives of others, all while building an inclusive and supportive tennis community.

While prior experience in coaching or tennis is preferred, it is not mandatory. We welcome high school players with a passion for tennis and a desire to make a positive impact on individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our program will equip you with the necessary knowledge and tools to become an effective and inclusive coach.

Throughout the program, you’ll receive hands-on practical training, mentorship, and guidance from experienced coaches. We provide access to a drill playbook, adaptive equipment, and continuing education opportunities, fostering a supportive network for your coaching journey.

The program consists of three sessions, each lasting two hours. Participants will receive practical training and hands-on experience to ensure they feel confident and prepared to coach.

Upon certification, we request that participants commit to coaching for at least two seasons (Fall or Spring) of Special Pops Tennis. This commitment enables athletes to receive consistent support and coaching.

You can apply by filling out the online application form  The form collects relevant information and includes a personal statement highlighting your passion and commitment to inclusive coaching.