The Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund Inc. (OPAF) and The First Clinics have once again partnered with Shriners
Hospitals for Children to offer First Volley Adaptive Tennis Clinics for
patients and families across the country. First Volley is recognized as a
national leader in adaptive tennis for those with physical challenges and
welcomes both ambulatory and wheelchair participants as part of its group.
This year, OPAF has
hosted four First Volley clinics with Shriners Hospitals in Tampa, Fla.,
Springfield, Mass., Greenville, S.C., and Portland, Ore. The Tampa Clinic was
part of the hospital’s All Sports Day, where participants tried a variety
of adaptive and wheelchair sports. In Greenville, S.C., wheelchair tennis coach
and First Volley volunteer, Jeff Kegler instructed Shriners patients at Furman
University Tennis Center. Shriners Hospital in Portland also hosts an adaptive
summer sports camp, and First Volley was part of camp for the past 2 years.
More clinics are scheduled this year. OPAF will return to Sacramento,
Calif., and Philadelphia this October and hope to schedule with Shriners
Hospital for Children in Los Angeles by the end of the year. First Volley
Clinics with Shriners Hospitals are made possible through grant funding from
the United States Tennis Association (USTA) philanthropic arm, USTA Serves.