IJP Tennis is deeply committed to the autism/ASD community in Arizona. We are very proud to have partnered with ACEing Autism to bring adaptive tennis clinics to Phoenix. We launched the program in fall 2017, and will be conducting sessions in the fall and winter. We've teamed up with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) to train and assist our volunteer coaches. This partnership has been made possible by the generous grants from the USTA Southwest Foundation.
If you are looking for a tennis program for your child on the spectrum, or a very rewarding volunteering opportunity, please contact us—we'd be thrilled if you would join us.
In 2018, the ACEing Autism Phoenix program was awarded the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Award by the USTA Phoenix. The award "recognizes the outstanding contributions of an organization that serves the local community and helps expand the image of tennis to be inclusive of all." Chad accepted the award on behalf of the program.
In 2021, the ACEing Autism national organization recognized our program in Phoenix with the 2021 ACEing Autism Program of the Year. This award goes to the program with the highest scoring evaluation, enrollment numbers, and satisfaction surveys. With over 80 program sites across the county, this is quite an honor.
In October 2017, we launched the ACEing Autism adaptive tennis program at our home courts at Arcadia High School. ACEing Autism's unique curriculum uses tennis to help the children connect with others. The program is for children, ages 5 to 18, on the autism spectrum. To maximize the impact of the program, we pair each participant with a volunteer. We are accepting both participants and volunteers for the sessions we run during the year.