2018 marks our tenth year of our operations and we are busy planning a gala to celebrate. Please save the date to join us onNovember 3rd in Los Angeles for ACEing Autism’s 10 Year Gala!
This year also marks the start of our Capacity Building Campaignwhich sets our fundraising goal at $6 million over the next three years. With this plan we will establish a staff that can support hundreds of ACEing Autism programs across the US! To help us achieve this goal we are excited to announce that Jessica Brookswill be our first Director of Development starting later this month.
We are also excited to announce that we are piloting an Adult Tennis Program at our Dallas location. If the pilot program is successful then we plan to roll out more adult programs at several more locations later this year.
Richard Spurling, Founder & Executive Director
F E A T U R E S
A few words from our volunteer Tennis Pro Neely Zervakis, “We had a blast with the ACEing Autism Trick Shot Challenge. Our mission was to raise sponsorships for local kids in need to participate in theWilliamsburg ACEing Autism Program. We hoped it would inspire people to get creative & have fun collaborating with friends and family for a good cause. The participation, submissions & donations overwhelmingly exceeded our expectations. The $4,550 raisedwill give 50 kids a 6 week program. We will be forever grateful for the worthwhile & purposeful journey that will continue on, as we have the opportunity to meet and work with 50 deserving kids.”
Our 4th annual clinic at the Delray Beach Open brought families and volunteers together from our Hollywood, Weston and Stuart, FL programs. Our sincere thanks to the tournament organizers for hosting us and always making us feel so welcome. To keep up with our South Florida Programs visit our locations page here and for a list of upcoming clinics at ATP tournaments near you, check out this page.
Queen City Brewers Festival is ACEing Autism-Charlotte’s annual winter fundraiser, spotlighting the Charlotte area’s breweries and select restaurants to support ACEing Autism’s mission to serve more families in the Charlotte community affected by autism. The goal of QCBF 2018 is to help launch a new program location at UNC Charlotte. Thank you Nils Weldy for producing such an outstanding event this year.
N E W L A U N C H E S
Since Fall 2017, we have introduced 9 new ACEing Autism programs. We extend the warmest of welcomes and appreciation to our new Program Directors:
Silver Spring, MD (Lynn Gertzog)
Richmond, VA (Donald Widener)
Newport Beach, CA (Helen Min)
Phoenix, AZ (Chad & Elana Campbell)
Laconia, NH (Lisa Klaud)
Moline, IL (Haley Humes)
Great Neck, NY (Rob Villegas)
Merriam, KS (Katie Harris)
Orlando, FL (Marty Tomory & Rita Gladstone)
Upcoming Launches :
We are excited to be launching new programs later this year in the following locations:
New Braunfels, TX
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S
Tennis With the Stars TOMORROW! Tuesday, March 6th
Tennis With The Stars presented by the BNP Paribas Open. Americans Steve Johnson and Frances Tiafoe will join world #1 Simona Halep and French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko to complete our player roster. Cliff Drysdale will serve as event host and he is joined by friend and fellow ESPN commentator Darren Cahill. The event is set for tomorrow March 6th at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, with event proceeds benefitting national non-profit ACEing Autism.
FREE clinic at the 9th All-Star Charity Tennis Event with Serena Williams March 20th
On Tuesday March 20th from 5:00PM-6:00PM we will be hosting another free clinic while featuring Serena Williams courtside at The Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Miami.
Spaces are already almost full this event, go to the website to register as a participant or volunteer to be a part of this charity event alongside true tennis All-Stars!
I N T H E S P O T L I G H T
Please welcome our newest pro Meghan White. Meghan grew up just down the street from UT Dallas in Plano, Texas. She holds an MS in Occupational Therapy from UTMB in Galveston, and a BS in Biology and Exercise & Sports Science from Austin College. She competed all four years on the Austin College Women’s Tennis Team and served as Captain both her junior and senior year. During college, she worked as a summer tennis coach from the juniors program at a local country club. Volunteering has always been one of Meghan’s passions and ACEing Autism has been the perfect opportunity to share her tennis background and studies in occupational therapy.
Please everyone join me in welcoming our newest Program DirectorAnna Catherine Henley from Charlotte Latin School to the team. 🙌Anna is currently a junior at Charlotte Latin School, and plays on the Latin tennis team. She has grown up playing tennis, and is excited to share her love of tennis with others. As a previous volunteer the clinics were and are the highlight of her Saturdays. AC recently chaired Charlotte’s Charity Cup benefiting ACEing Autism, and also spends her time continuing her education on Autism through attending workshops and reading informative books. Visit her location and sign up here: https://aceingautism.org/locations/charlotte-nc/
A U T I S M R E S E A R C H
We are excited to announce that we are currently partnering with theCenter for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and thePediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab at Auburn University. These research studies will help quantify the positive impact tennis has had on the lives of those children on the autism spectrum.