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Richland County Recreation Hosts Wheelchair Clinic

April 26, 2010 05:56 PM

Instructors from around Richland County learned the intricacies of teaching wheelchair tennis at the Richland County Tennis Complex off Parklane Rd. on Friday April 23.  The event was made possible, in part, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association that Richland County received.  The county used the grant to purchase several sports chairs of their own and made use of a chair borrowed from USTA SC.  Former PTR Wheelchair Instructor of the Year Geoff Norton was on hand to teach the teaching pros how to play and coach wheelchair tennis players.  News 19, the Columbia CBS affiliate took some great video, which you can view here.  In addition, local wheelchair player Bob Masella helped the teaching pros understand the intricacies of moving, and playing, in a wheelchair.

Wheelchair tennis has the same rules as standard tennis, except that wheelchair players are allowed two bounces.  Bob Masella is just one of many wheelchair athletes around the nation who play in USTA Leagues with their able bodied friends.  For more information on wheelchair tennis in South Carolina, you can contact Laura Barth at or by calling the USTA SC office at 800-644-7282.