OMAHA TENNIS BUDDIES
The Omaha Tennis Buddies 2020 winter season is underway!
Volunteers- Check under the "VOLUNTEERS" TAB above and click on "OMAHA VOLUNTEERS" for updates.
DONATE TO OMAHA TENNIS BUDDIES
2. Make your check payable to Special Olympics Nebraska. Please designate Omaha Tennis Buddies in the memo area.
3. Send to Special Olympics Nebraska, 9427 F St. Omaha, NE 68127
Omaha Tennis Buddies Newsletter
We are proud to announce our new partnership with the Maple Athletic Complex.
2020 Winter tennis practices are underway. We will play on Saturday afternoons at the Maple Athletic Complex (formerly The Tennis Club).
***NOTE-new time 4:15-6:00
Group 1 4:15-5:15
Group 2 5:00-6:00
For those who are new to Tennis Buddies , the overlap is a 15 minute stretching time. Group 1 should arrive at 4:15 and plan to be on the courts at 4:30. Group 2 should arrive at 5:00 and plan to be on the courts at 5:15.
Group 1, 4:15-5:15
Group 2, 5:00-6:00
SIGN UP GENIUS
Sign Up Genius has been extremely helpful to me as I make court assignments each week. If your athlete is not able to come don't forget to delete the sign up online.
MAC SNACK BAR
Parents and caregivers, please utilize the snack bar in the upstairs viewing area to show our support for the MAC. They have been so welcoming to Tennis Buddies and we want to show our appreciation to the new management.
VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY
Our Valentine's Day party will be on Feb. 8th this year so parents get your tennis shoes on as you will be joining the athletes for some fun on the courts again.
All dates will be played at the MAC indoor courts on Saturdays
February 8 Valentines's Party
**We will take off the month of March (2020)
All dates will be played at the MAC indoor courts on Saturdays
April 4 start of Tennis Buddies for all athletes
April 11- NO PRACTICE
May 23- NO PRACTICE
Notes from Nancy 1-22-20
If you have not done so, please sign your athlete up on Sign Up Genius for this Saturday. If you are not able to make it, please delete your sign up, send me an email or call so that I can make adjustments to the court assignments.
Please respond now!
I am gathering a head count for our Valentine's party which is on February 8th. Family is invited to participate along side the athletes that day. I just need to know how many of your family will be playing. If you have a racquet, please bring it along. In addition you MUST have on tennis shoes to be on the courts. The courts have been newly surfaced. We will be having hot dogs, sides and cupcakes after our play time. I need to know how many will be eating from your group. Haley, one of our athletes, will be treating us to her amazing baking skills. I need to let her know how many cupcakes she needs to bring for our group. Please respond ASAP.
I sent out a roster update email. If you haven't filled that out yet please do so SOON! I have a parent volunteer that will put all the information together for us. When finished, I will share with the group. (Only if you have given us permission to do so)
These dates will be played on the Koch Tennis Center's outdoor courts on Monday from 5:45-7:00pm
June 6 start of Tennis Buddies for all athletes
June 26-28 - Fred Johnson All Star Tournament. We are hosting so all hands on deck! (Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning)
July 4- NO PRACTICE
2020 SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA STATE GAMES
August 1- State Games in Lincoln for all athletes
FAMILY FISHING DAY
Click here to view the article and photo from the Bellevue Leader Newspaper.
Click here to view the event photo album
ALL STARS: Click here to view the 2019 Fred Johnson ALL Stars and Section Adaptive Tennis Championships photos. Feel free to add yours.
I have sent emails to almost everyone that has a physical form that is going to expire in 2019. You need to have a current physical on file every 3 years. The forms are available on SONE.org or I can send them to you if needed. Your athlete cannot participate in Tennis Buddies and Special Olympic activities without a current physical on file. Feel free to contact me with any questions. This is especially crucial for the All Star Tournament and the State Tournament. **If your physical expires AFTER August 3rd you can get a physical done at the Healthy Athlete event at the State Games. I will have more information on this as we get closer to the event.
As we head for our summer program I need more parent help. There are several jobs that need to be covered that are too much for me to handle alone. Please consider how you can help with our athletes this summer.
a. Birthday cards (all year round) 1 person
b. Thank you, sympathy...any cards as needed (all year round) 1 person
c. Equipment unload/load-get to Koch a little stay a little late to help Tammy and I(summer only) 4-6 people
d. Valentine's Day party (one time a year) 4-6 people
e. Walking Club (September and October) 2-4 people
f. Family Picnic (August) 4-6 people
g. Medical Forms-keep them current (all year round) 1 person
h. Big Red Raffle (August to November) head and 6 helpers
i. Lunches at the State Games (1 time a year) 1 person
j. Banquet and dance tickets for State Games (1 time a year) 1 person
k. Family Fishing Expo-Saturday, Sept 7th from 9AM-1PM-Is there a fisherman out there that would like to take on this job and organize a group to go to Bellevue Rod and Gun Club? They have a fishing day for special needs kids and their families. Everything is provided along with instruction and equipment. Thought it would be a fun, free activity. (1 time a year) 1-2 people
l. Pumpkin Patch event (October) 2-3 people
**If you are currently doing this job and want to continue then let me know. If you want to change to a different job or do more than one job that is okay too. As you can see there are a lot of things that you can help with. We love our Tennis Buddies and want to this to be a rounded experience with lots of tennis activities along with social events so we can all bond and form lasting friendships.
SIGN UP GENIUS
Now that you are used to using this application we will be relying on it more and more for activities as they come up. PLEASE plan to use it when instructed so that all of these sign ups are simplified for the organizer. For example we will be using it for State Tennis- participation, lunches, dance and banquet, Family picnic, Fishing, pumpkin patch... Just a reminder that if you DO NOT sign up when requested to you will be considered a no or absent.
Check out our Photos Page, as many new Tennis Buddies photo albums have been posted
CLICK HERE to view a summary of the topics covered at our recent parent/caregiver meetings.
*in case of inclement weather please check your emails or tennisbuddiesrock.com for cancellations or change in location
*Mary McHale will be contacting any athletes that need to renew their physicals for 2019. If you receive a notice to renew be sure to get the Special Olympics form to take to the doctor and file a copy with me and with Special Olympics Nebraska. All athletes need to have a current physical on file in order to participate with Tennis Buddies.
* If your athlete has a change in caretaker please let me know so that I can make changes to my roster. I include the caretakers in the emails that I send so they have needed information for scheduling. Also update me if you have any changes to your personal information such as address, phone number, email...
* If you are interested in supplemental practice times during the week (hopefully at Happy Hollow), please let Nancy know.
* Be certain that Nancy has your athlete's current clothing sizes for: shirt, sweatshirt and shorts.
* We would like to like to share our roster list with our Tennis Buddies families. Please let Nancy know if we have your permission to share this information.
Omaha Volunteers now have a page on this website with information dedicated to them. Look under the "Volunteer" tab above, and select OMAHA VOLUNTEER INFO
Cancellations are made by 1:00 on the day of practice and we will try to get it posted on tennisbuddiesrock.com. I will also send out an email.
USE OUR WEBSITE
Please use the website for information. Past information that I have shared with you is posted on the site and is a wealth of information that is posted for your benefit. Try to make it your "go-to" for dates and times of upcoming events and explanations of happenings. A HUGE thanks to Jane Hines for maintaining and posting the vital information and the wonderful photos of our athletes!
Below you will find the schedules for the Creighton Men's and Women's Tennis teams. Our athletes can learn a lot by watching them play. Creighton players are very faithful with volunteering throughout the winter months.