Sportable Hosts CarMax Juniors Wheelchair Tennis Camp
RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, May 18, 2023) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to host the CarMax Juniors Wheelchair Tennis Camp June 10-11, 2023 in Richmond, VA. The elite camp for wheelchair tennis players of all levels ages 5-18 will take place at the state-of-the-art Williams Bolletieri Tennis Center on Collegiate School’s Robins Campus during the River City Slam. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.
“CarMax has fueled Sportable’s youth adaptive sports programs for over 10 years and were integral to the success of last year’s River City Slam,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “The CarMax Juniors Division and Wheelchair Tennis Camp are incredible opportunities for youth athletes to learn from some of the best players and coaches in the country. We are grateful for CarMax’s continued support to create a top-class environment for youth wheelchair tennis players from coast to coast.”
“We are honored to be the lead sponsor of the CarMax Juniors Wheelchair Tennis Camp and continue our longtime support of Sportable’s mission,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “We look forward to welcoming participants to our hometown and cheering them on throughout the weekend.”
The CarMax Juniors Wheelchair Tennis Camp will be led by Gabby Hesse, Head of Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis at the renowned Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, MD and Taylor Wingate, USTA Men’s Open wheelchair tennis player and USTA Net Generation Ambassador. With an emphasis on fun, the camp will focus on teamwork and individual skill development for all youth players from beginners to aspiring Paralympians.
The River City Slam CarMax Juniors Division is designated as one of only six USTA Wheelchair Junior Tournament Series in the country. The USTA Wheelchair Junior Tournament Series is a group of nationally-ranked tournaments focused on providing level-based play opportunities for junior wheelchair players. U.S. Junior National Team players Sabina Czauz (Thornton, CO) and Merko Krodel (Cincinnati, OH).
One of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis is played on a standard tennis court in the same way as able-bodied tennis, with the only exception being that a wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The athlete’s wheelchair is considered to be a part of the body, so rules applying to the player’s body apply to the chair as well. Wheelchair tennis has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1992 and has been played at all four Grand Slams since 2007.
Wheelchair tennis is one of 16 competitive and recreational sports provided by Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club. Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. For more information about Sportable, please visit Sportable.org.
CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used autos, revolutionized the automotive retail industry by driving integrity, honesty and transparency in every interaction. The company offers a truly personalized experience with the option for customers to do as much, or as little, online and in-store as they want. During the fiscal year ended February 28, 2023, CarMax sold approximately 810,000 used vehicles and 590,000 wholesale vehicles at its auctions. In addition, CarMax Auto Finance originated nearly $9 billion in receivables during fiscal 2023, adding to its nearly $17 billion portfolio. CarMax has over 240 stores, more than 30,000 associates, and is proud to have been recognized for 19 consecutive years as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. CarMax is committed to making a positive impact on people, communities and the environment. Learn more in the 2022 Responsibility Report. For more information, visit www.carmax.com.