Net Therapy

The Macon Area Tennis Association’s Net Therapy program is born from a desire to introduce the sport of tennis to those underserved populations in the Macon area that would benefit from a physical, mental and/or social wellness. Tennis is a lifelong sport that anyone can start playing at any age. Our initial focus is kids on the autism spectrum and our very-appreciated veterans. As our program grows, we hope to reach out to others in our community. We are always open to recommendations. Please consider volunteering or donating to this wonderful new program!

NET THERAPY SPONSORS

Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Description

The Macon Area Tennis Association’s Net Therapy program is born from a desire to introduce the sport of tennis to those underserved populations in the Macon area that would benefit from a physical, mental and/or social wellness. Tennis is a lifelong sport that anyone can start playing at any age. Our initial focus is kids on the autism spectrum and our very-appreciated veterans. As our program grows, we hope to reach out to others in our community. We are always open to recommendations. Please consider volunteering or donating to this wonderful new program!

Program Dates

  • Weekly sessions are at John Drew Smith Tennis Center
    • Fall Session #1 is Sept 19th-24th at 5pm on Mondays
    • Fall Session #2 is Nov 7th-28th at 5:30pm on Mondays
  • Look for details coming soon about the The Kickoff Event in April 2023 at Tattnall Square tennis courts.

Skill Levels

Tennis experience and competency is not a qualifier to participate in Net Therapy as either an Athlete or a Volunteer.

The most important characteristics are:

  • Interest in the sport
  • Best effort
  • Commitment
  • Enjoy your time on the court!

Participant Requirements

  • Ages 5 – 17
  • Athlete must be on the Autism Spectrum
  • Provide his/her own transportation

Equipment Needed

Athletes and volunteers are not required to bring any specific tennis equipment. The minimum requirement for each is to have court-approved footwear.

Registration

Veterans Program

Description

The goal of Net Therapy is to introduce the lifetime sport of tennis to those in our community who are under-served and need social, physical or mental wellness. We have great coaches and volunteers and look forward to getting to know our local veterans out on the courts!

Program Dates

  • Weekly sessions are 7:30 pm at John Drew Smith Tennis Center.
  • Fall Session is Oct 20th-Nov 24th on Thursdays at 7:30pm
  • Look for details coming soon about the The Kickoff Event in April 2023 at Tattnall Square tennis courts.

Skill Levels

Tennis experience and competency is not a qualifier to participate in Net Therapy as either an Athlete or a Volunteer.

The most important characteristics are:

  • Interest in the sport
  • Best effort
  • Commitment
  • Enjoy your time on the court!

Participant Requirements

  • Ages 18+
  • Participant must have served honorably or is currently on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. Current and retired military spouses are also eligible
  • Provide his/her own transportation

Equipment Needed

Participants and volunteers are not required to bring any specific tennis equipment. You are welcome to bring your own racket if you have one. The minimum requirement for each is to have court-approved footwear.

Registration

Volunteers Needed!

At each of our events, we utilize volunteers in on-court and off-court capacities. Tennis experience and knowledge is a plus but not a requirement for all activities. Your involvement and passion for helping others is far more valuable than your knowledge or skill level as a tennis player. Tennis teams, school groups, families, neighborhoods and individuals are all encouraged to get involved.

Opportunities

  • Assisting athletes on the autism spectrum as: instructor, ball feeder, court control
  • Ball person
  • Coach
  • Chaperone
  • Administrative support

Included Events

  • Net Therapy for Kids with Autism – 6 weeks during spring – John Drew Smith Tennis Center – Mondays 5-6pm
  • Net Therapy for Veterans – Thursdays 7 pm – Randy Stephens Tennis Center
  • Fundraising events

Volunteer Requirements

  • Passion for the underserved population and helping others
  • Energetic
  • Availability
  • Tennis skill and knowledge of the game required for some on-court volunteers
  • Adults 18 & over must be Safe Play Certified

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