OMAHA TENNIS BUDDIES
2022 Indoor practices will resume on January 15 or 22!
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
OMAHA TENNIS BUDDIES
2022 SPRING PRACTICES
Maple Athletic Complex, 4718 N 120th St.
DEUCE/ACE GROUP: 4-30, 5-14
2:45-4 PM DEUCE GROUP
3:45-5 PM ACE GROUP
Check out the photos from practice on April 9th.
LOVE GROUP: 4-23, 5-7, 5-21
2:45-4 PM LOVE GROUP CLINIC
4-5 PM LOVE GROUP LEAGUE PLAY- We will have 3 courts available for a total of 12 scheduled athletes every other week. CLICK HERE to view the league schedule.
LOVE LEAGUE Scheduled Players- Please sign up below if you are scheduled for league on that date and plan to play from 4-5 pm.
LOVE LEAGUE Subs- Please sign up below if you are on the sub list on that date and you are available to play from 4-5 pm. This will help us to know who to contact in the event of an absence.
SUMMER PRACTICES BEGIN JUNE 6 AT KOCH FOR ALL ATHLETES
5:45- 7:00 PM
2022 USTA MISSOURI VALLEY ADAPTIVE TENNIS QUALIFIER FOR NATIONALS2022 FRED JOHNSON ALL STARS EVENT- MORE INFORMATION
USTA ADAPTIVE TENNIS NATIONAL QUALIFIER (16 YEARS AND OLDER)
MAPLE ATHLETIC COMPLEX, 5:00-9:00 PM
LOVE GROUP ONLY
JULY 23 & 24- FRED JOHNSON ALL STARS EVENT
KOCH TENNIS CENTER, OMAHA
FRED JOHNSON ALL STAR TOURNAMENT (16 YEARS AND OLDER) KOCH (OMAHA HOSTING)
REGISTER NOW (16+ ONLY)
7/23 BARN DANCE / DINNER- 5-8 PM ALL ATHLETES / COACHES/ FAMILY/ CAREGIVERS
If you would like to help with the planning of the tournament (food, volunteers, dance...) please let Tammy or Nancy know. It will be a fun weekend!
8/6 NEBRASKA STATE GAMES IN LINCOLN FOR ALL ATHLETES
8/6 NEBRASKA STATE GAMES IN LINCOLN FOR ALL ATHLETES
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
Plan to wear a mask until you are ready to actively play on the court. If you prefer for your athlete to keep their mask on please inform the volunteer that is supervising your athlete's court.
Please plan to enter through the building and exit through the outside gate. Try to maintain the 6 foot distances, except on the court. Bring your own water and towel for your athlete as there is none available on the courts or in the building. The restrooms are open inside, but you will need to have a mask on if you use them.
#1 Arrive fifteen minutes early.
#2 Have temperature taken.
#4 Turn in the medical forms for physicals or registration forms if they were sent to you.
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.