ACEing Autism is launching a clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at USTA’s famous Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the US Open) in New York.

Starting January 24th 2016, a new tennis clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) will launch, run by volunteers from the local area, supported by tennis professions from ACEing Autism in partnership with The USTA.

In 2014, ACEing Autism received the USTA Adaptive Community Service Award and due to the high demand to find recreational based programs for children with ASDs, ACEing Autism has proved very successful in facilitating this need.

With over 40 locations around America, ACEing Autism has successfully introduced over seven hundred and fifty children with ASDs into tennis (since September 2015) and has delivered nearly five thousand hours of tennis coaching to these children, including creating eleven thousand hours of community service for volunteers from local communities, high schools and universities. ACEing Autism is a grant recipient from the USTA Foundation and this will be their first clinic in partnership.

The new clinic will be launching Saturday 24th January 2016 at USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadow – Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368. The clinic will comprise of six session working on delivering tennis skills which help the children’s hand eye co-ordination, motor skills, fitness and socialization over the following weekends and will end on February 28th 2016. Timings are 8am-9am for children under ten years old, and 9am-10am for children ten to eighteen. The cost of the program is $90 and low income families from Flushing, Queens and the surrounding local communities can apply for a scholarship at ACEing Autism’s Scholarship fund online at www.aceingautism.org to introduce their children into tennis.

“During the last two US Open tournaments we have made our clinic available to 30 children for one hour.  Many of these families have struggled to find suitable recreational programs for their children. I am excited that we are now able to offer our program weekly, to the children that have enjoyed learning tennis with our program.  Having been funded by the USTA Foundation for the last three years and also been awarded the adaptive community service award from the USTA, we are very excited to be able to offer a program at the National Tennis Centre in New York.” Richard Spurling, CEO & Founder of ACEing Autism.

You can register your child in the program through ACEing Autism’s website aceingautism.org

“The U.S.T.A. is proud to continue our partnership with ACEing Autism in 2016! The tennis coaches and staff are excited for January’s program launch and look forward to delivering a fun and rewarding tennis experience for all the youngsters. “ Whitney Kraft, from USTA National Tennis Center.

For more information about this USTA, ACEing Autism clinic, or to have information about volunteering or donating, please contact Richard Spurling at infor@aceingautism.org

Program Information: Starting Sunday Jan 24th 2016

6 week program ends on Feb 28th

Times: 8-9am for 10 and under

9-10am for 11 and older

Cost: $90

aceingautism.org

For further press information or pictures, please contact Alex Huggan at alex@aceingautism.org or call 310 600 5598.

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