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July 5, 2012

Best Buddies to benefit from tennis challenge

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There will be a barbecue, food booth, tennis vendors and information about the Best Buddies NH programs.

All proceeds from the event benefit Best Buddies NH. Special activities include a retro-racket mini tournament, using rackets from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and a fastest serve contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best retro tennis outfit and the fastest serve.

There will also be a free adaptive tennis clinic for young people with disabilities and their families, along with information about adaptive tennis opportunities.

The adaptive clinic will be run by Sylvia Swartz, a tennis pro from Longfellow Club in Wayland, Mass. She has more than 35 years of experience teaching adaptive tennis and coaching teams for people with disabilities.

Swartz is the director of Handi-Racket Tennis, an award-winning program for adaptive tennis. She and a group of her athletes will come to New Hampshire to hold an adaptive tennis clinic on the last day of the tournament, Sunday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The students hope the clinic will generate interest in building local adaptive tennis opportunities, including support for newly formed Special Olympic tennis teams.

Local families who have young people with disabilities are encouraged to come out on Sunday and see what adaptive tennis is all about. They will receive free T-shirts, lunch and medals of participation. The clinic is free.

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