April 20th, 2023

Become Part of the 2023 Special Olympics Tennis State Games

Community Tennis News Adaptive

The 2023 Florida Special Olympics State Games are once again being hosted by USTA Florida at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona. The event will take place on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6.  

This is one of the best events that USTA Florida will host this year as hundreds of athletes from across the state of Florida gather to be united by the game of tennis. 

Special Olympics Tennis

The 2023 Special Olympics Tennis State Games are expected to have over 200 athletes in attendance.

While it is a competition, there is an extra emphasis on just having fun. This event is something that you have to experience to understand just how much being out on the court means to these athletes. 

USTA Florida is looking for volunteers for one or both of the days for the 2023 Special Olympics State Games. The organization is looking to have over 200 volunteers help make this tournament a memorable one for all those involved. 

Volunteer roles, open to anyone aged 13 and up, offer a variation of ways to contribute to this great event. Roles include being a ball person, which entails providing each court, whether Red, Orange, Green, or Yellow, with balls for the matches. There are also score keeper roles that need to be filled. If you don’t know how scoring works, that won’t be a problem. Prior to matches starting, you will get a full run down of how to score the games, and if you run into any issues while out there, someone will be close by with further assistance.  

Volunteers are needed! Don’t hesitate to sign up and experience this event.

Both days of the competition offer two different volunteer shifts. On Friday, May 5, the first shift begins at 11:30 AM and runs until 2:30 PM. The second one starts at 2:30 PM and ends around 5:00 PM. Interested in working the whole day? You can also sign up for both shifts. For Saturday, May 6, the first shift runs from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM, while the second is from 11:00 AM until roughly 1:00 PM. Similarly to Friday, if you would like, you are more than welcome to sign up for both shifts. If you’re interested, sign up by clicking on the button below. 

Volunteer Sign Up

The Special Olympic State Games are a great experience for everyone involved. Sharon Holloway, a coach from last year, shared that it’s one of her top events to be involved with each year. “I love it, the State Games are some of my favorite things to do because you get to see everyone in their own element,” she said. 

For more information about the State Games, visit ustaflorida.com/adaptive or contact Will Speed (speed@ustaflorida.com) to learn about how you can get involved today.