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MORE THAN TENNIS

Established in 2010 through a collaboration between the Rafa Nadal Foundation and Special Olympics Spain, the More than Tennis project promotes the practice of the sport among young people with intellectual disabilities as well as offering an excellent form of social integration and personal development, bringing them together and providing great satisfaction. The programme also helps improve the dexterity and coordination of these young athletes and promotes the transmission of values such as effort and self-improvement.

The project

More than Tennis has been growing year after year, generating notable improvements in beneficiaries both physical and psychological aspects. We currently attend to more than 190 youngsters in a total of 18 schools spread across Spain; Seville, Malaga, Granada, Écija, Zaragoza, A Coruña, Villagarcía de Arosa, Manacor, Palma de Mallorca(2), Burgos, Valladolid, Cartagena, Caravaca, Murcia and Madrid(3).

This Project provides continued tennis training in the beneficiaries, as well as the opportunity to participate in sport competitions and clinics. The participation in events such as National Meeting More than Tennis or the Tennis European Championship, suppose to the youth an excellent opportunity to advance and improve social aspects as well as personal developing, becoming this way a reason of union between them and a huge satisfaction, for them and for their families.

Goal

Through the practice of sport, More than Tennis has the goal of maximizing the integration in the society in conditions of equality of the young people with intellectual disabilities; improving physic aspects such as coordination, as well as psychological, emotional and social strengths; transmiting values like effort, fellowship, and self improvement and reinforcing cohesion and satisfactions within the family.

The program allows them to improve self-esteem and prepare them to lead an autonomous life, being able to make personal choices and gaining habits to put into practice in their daily lives.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries of this programme are a sportspeople belonging to Special Olympics, as well as child and youth with intellectual disabilities of all the Spain territory.

Map of Spain with More than Tennis tournaments
Rafa Nadal plays with young Special Olympics
Rafa in the Tennis Sessions
plays with the youth of Special Olympics
Young people playing tennis Special Olympics
20 year training athletes
In 1991 S.O. began its project in Spain
The youth of Special Olympics in the tennis courts
Effort and beating
We promote values through sport
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