Más Que Tenis is the name that 12 years ago we gave to the project that we developed together with Special Olympics in more than 20 schools throughout Spain.
In this project we serve almost 400 athletes with intellectual disabilities each year and in total more than 2,500 young tennis lovers have already gone through the program.
In the schools of the different delegations we offer regular tennis training to boys and girls with intellectual disabilities, who enjoy and improve their technique on the court every day.
Sport also allows them to strengthen their ability to relate to each other, to know themselves and improve their self-esteem.
Tennis serves us as a tool for integration and social transformation and as a vehicle for the transmission of values as important as effort, camaraderie or sportsmanship.
Every year we celebrate the National Meeting in which around 100 people who are part of the project participate, including athletes, coaches and delegates from each autonomous community.
In the VII National More Than Tennis Meeting held last weekend from December 15 to 17 at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor, all the matches of the different levels were played, both female and male in two full days of top competition.
After the opening ceremony, where all the athletes paraded and the Olympic torch was lit, the different matches spread over 8 courts of the Rafa Nadal Academy began.
The athletes enjoyed a wonderful and sunny weekend practicing their favorite sport and in the best possible environment. In addition, they visited the Rafa Nadal Museum and carried out some joint activities, such as the super party on Saturday night, where young people with intellectual disabilities moved their skeletons as only they know how to do it.
After lots of dancing, laughter and the best tennis, we close this spectacular event with a closing ceremony in true Special Olympics style, with a very exciting and fun medal ceremony.
This event would not have been possible if we did not have the support of one of our most important allies, Banco Santander, which supports sporting and charity events in different areas of the peninsula, highlighting its social commitment to people in vulnerable situations.
After the family photo, we say goodbye to everyone until next year!