Touch of Tennis Receives National Service Award
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) awarded its 2010 National Adaptive Service Award to Gwynedd-Mercy College's tennis clinic, Touch of Tennis.
Touch of Tennis is a free clinic for community members with special needs. Jim Holt, who is both GMC's head tennis coach and a special education teacher at Wordsworth Academy, began the program in 1998 after recognizing a shortage of opportunities for those with special needs.
The USTA bestows the recognition upon a program or a program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community. Coach Holt was honored before more than 600 community tennis leaders during the annual USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop in Arlington, Va., that took place Feb. 11-13.
"It is a tremendous honor for me and all of the participants, especially the volunteers who helped make it all possible," Coach Holt says.
The award was established in 2003, with its first recipient being Eunice Shriver for her work with the Special Olympics.