SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Saturday, September 22, 2018 – The USTA Phoenix honored the ACEing Autism Phoenix program this weekend at its annual Hall of Fame Awards and Banquet. Chadwick Campbell, ACEing Autism’s Phoenix Program Director, accepted the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Chad and his wife, Elana, were introduced to ACEing Autism and CEO Richard Spurling in 2016. In the fall of 2017, they launched the Phoenix program at Arcadia High School. Chad engaged Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) to train the volunteer coaches, and created a partnership with the Brophy Preparatory School tennis team to provide coaches for the clinics.
“I am thrilled that ACEing Autism has been presented with this award. USTA Phoenix and USTA Southwest [both located in Scottsdale, Ariz.] have been very supportive of our effort to bring ACEing Autism to the Valley of the Sun. This recognition really belongs to our awesome volunteers. Elana and I started this program to create more recreational opportunities for the autism community in Phoenix. The support and reception we have received from volunteers, schools, SARRC, the USTA, and the families have been incredible.”
The ACEing Autism program in Phoenix runs three 6-week sessions per year— in the fall, winter, and spring. The next session starts on October 13, 2018 at Arcadia High School.