Winston-Salem, NC

Community Program

Mt. Tabor High School Presented by Wake Forest School of Medicine

342 Petree Road

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27106

Program Dates

Spring 2024 - Session Concluded

We are in the planning process for our next session. Please complete the interest form below to be notified when registration is open.

Financial Info


ACEing Autism strives to keep costs affordable for families and can provide an ACEing Autism scholarship to families in financial need. We also offer information on the Dick’s Sporting Goods Grant for those that qualify.

Program Directors

Nik Crain

Nik is a medical student at Wake Forest University School of medicine interested in going into Pediatrics. He became Program Director in 2021. He has enjoyed playing tennis his whole life recreationally.

Rebecca Merrill

I am a rising 4th year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC and a future Neurologist. Throughout high school, I was an avid tennis player, and I continue playing for fun these days while in med school. My journey with ACEing Autism started over the summer of 2021 when our tennis club at the med school formed, and we connected with ACEing Autism to bring tennis to Winston-Salem! I have a passion for kids with Autism and neuro divergence starting from my college summers as a camp counselor for kids and adults with Autism and other special needs. I look forward to Sundays- seeing all of our kiddos and volunteers in full swing learning new skills on the courts and hearing how ACEing has also impacted them off court makes me smile!

Luke Plaisted

I am currently a first year medical student at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. I am new to Aceing Autism, having just started volunteering in the Fall of 2022, and am thrilled to become more involved in 2023 as a program director.  I have played tennis since age 5 all the way through college, where I competed on the tennis team at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to playing over the years, I have enjoyed coaching junior team tennis, working at tennis camps and giving private tennis lessons to kids and young adults.  I love helping kids experience some of the same joy that tennis has brought me, and hope to continue doing so with ACEing Autism!

Kate Szczesniak

My name is Kate, and I am a third-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I started with ACEing Autism as a volunteer and enjoyed it so much that I became a program director at the Winston-Salem, NC, location in 2022. After playing tennis in high school, I’ve enjoyed playing and teaching tennis whenever I can, especially for clinics in the area. In my spare time, I love baking, painting, and game nights with my family and friends!