OPAF and The First Clinics are hosting First Volley Adaptive Tennis Clinics for Shriners Hospitals for Children across the country. The clinics, made possible in part through funding from USTA Serves, offer adaptive tennis skills and drills for anyone with a physical challenge.
This year, OPAF has hosted clinics in Tampa, Fla., Salt Lake City, Murray, Utah and most recently, Philadelphia at Bucks County Racquet Club in Washington Crossing, Pa.
The Philadelphia clinic represented the fourth year in a row that OPAF has hosted a First Volley clinic for Shriners. This year, 22 clinic participants, including Shriners kids, their families and adult players, came out to serve as examples of active amputees.
Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia is also caring for several children who were survivors from the recent earthquake in Haiti. OPAF was pleased to host the survivors and their families at the Philadelphia clinic.
“First Volley brings together patients of different ages and abilities,” Stephanie Spagnola, public relations for Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, stated in a press release. “It is a great event to introduce the sport of tennis to patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children. We look forward to the event every year. The attendance continues to grow.”