National Wounded Warrior Camp Set for May 7-10
April 4, 2018
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 2, 2018) – The seventh annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp is scheduled to take place May 7-10, 2018 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.
Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country are expected to participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Balboa Tennis Club.
The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere. The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.
Fundraising efforts are currently underway to help cover all participants’ airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, tennis equipment and instruction. The San Diego District Tennis Association is accepting contributions through its 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Tennis Lovers For Charity, which are tax deductable. Checks may be made to “Tennis Lovers for Charity” and mailed to SDDTA, 2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104.
“The positive feedback we have received from past camp participants has been amazing,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “Many of the participants commented that tennis changed their lives for the better and in some cases, has saved their lives.”
For more information on the seventh annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.
These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized for their excellence and impact by Congressional and local representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.
The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables them to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.