ACEing Autism, which brings recreational tennis to children on the spectrum, will open its Dallas program on Saturday at T Bar & M Racquet Club, 6060 Dilbeck Lane.
The program will run every Saturday, and no experience or equipment is required. Children younger than 10 will learn from 9-10 a.m. Classes for ages 11-18 will run from 10-11. Each participant will be placed with one or two volunteers.
Each session includes warm-up; basic hand-eye coordination skills; volleys at the net; groundstrokes from farther out; and an obstacle course. The session will end with a group game and picking up balls. The cost is $15 per 50-minute session.
Richard Spurling, who founded the nonprofit organization, will attend the launch. The organization’s staff, including a team from the headquarters in Los Angeles, will answer questions and train volunteers.
ACEing Autism has about 30 programs in 10 states.
“We are so proud to be opening up a program in Dallas,” Spurling said via a news release. “We are really encouraged by Jean, our new Dallas program director.”
Jean Andersen, a University of Texas alum, was ranked No. 1 in South Africa in singles and played for the country during the Davis Cup. He’s now a coach at the club.
To book a spot or volunteer, call Andersen at 512-965-6971. Assistance is available for low-income families by calling 617-901-7153. For more information, go to aceingautism.com.
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