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OPAF Hosts First Amputee Tennis Tournament in US

The Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation held the first amputee tennis tournament in the United States as a part of its First Clinics initiative.

Held in conjunction with USTA Middle States, the First Clinics offered adaptive sports lessons and drills for individuals with mobility challenges. The First Volley tennis tournament was held in Cherry Hill, N.J., and was led by staff at the Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club. Admission was free for participants and families.

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Children, family and volunteers pose for O&P News at the first amputee tennis tournament in the United States. The event was hosted by the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF).

Images: Carter SM, O&P News.

According to Robin Burton, Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) executive director, the foundation will host similar events and add new clinics in the near future. – by Shawn M. Carter

Carol MacClennan, First Volley instructor, walks group through proper swing mechanics before the start of tournament.
Carol MacClennan, First Volley instructor, walks group through proper swing mechanics before the start of tournament.
Participant Susan Lazarchick gears up for a head-to-head match with her opponent.
Participant Susan Lazarchick gears up for a head-to-head match with her opponent.
From left: Darren Kindred, First Volley director of tennis, and Dennis Williams, CP, discuss the benefits of the OPAF-sponsored clinics.
From left: Darren Kindred, First Volley director of tennis, and Dennis Williams, CP, discuss the benefits of the OPAF-sponsored clinics.
Dana Bezar prepares for the next round.
Dana Bezar prepares for the next round.
Brandon C. Holiday takes a breather in between rounds.
Brandon C. Holiday takes a breather in between rounds.
From left: Participant Xavier high-fives with volunteer Cathy Shaak, of with USTA Middle States, after winning his first tennis match of the evening.
From left: Participant Xavier high-fives with volunteer Cathy Shaak, of with USTA Middle States, after winning his first tennis match of the evening.
Carol MacClennan, First Volley instructor, rounds up a group of players.
Carol MacClennan, First Volley instructor, rounds up a group of players.

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