Tennis for a Cause
Note: Matt's Point's guest contributor is Chad Campbell.
This summer marked the fifth anniversary of IJP Tennis, and this fall, we'll celebrate our first year running our own program (if you haven't heard the story of IJP Tennis yet, Elana wrote about it here). With these milestones to observe, and some other exciting news to share, the time was right for me to make an appearance on Matt's Point.
As most of the IJP Tennis families know, my daughters, Niamh and Zara, are heavily involved in the programs: Orange Ball group, Green/Yellow Ball group, match play days, etc. Aside from an occasional few minutes out on the court, our son, Euan, hasn't really been involved in tennis. Euan is on the autism spectrum, and until last year, we hadn't found the right formula for getting a racquet in his hands. We were introduced to a nonprofit in Los Angeles called ACEing Autism, which was founded by Richard Spurling (a former teaching pro) and his wife, Dr. Shafali Jeste (an autism researcher). ACEing Autism operates internationally, running tennis lessons with a specialized curriculum for children on the spectrum. I met with Richard at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Fountain Hills, and we discussed launching an ACEing Autism program here in Phoenix. After several months of planning, we have our start date: October 14th.
We are working on some exciting activities related to our inaugural session of ACEing Autism, and we'd love it if you join us in whatever way you can. We have created an ACEing Autism page on our website that covers everything we are doing, but here is a summary:
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