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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

Updated 5-27-21


Click here to read Nancy's important e-mail from May 26.


June 28, July 5, 26

Click Here to read Nancy's June 2 E-mail to the Deuce Group

LOVE GROUP- 5:45-7:30 PM
June 14, 21, July 12, 19

Special Olympics Nebraska State Games- Aug 7 in Lincoln
State Games will be held on August 7th in Lincoln.  Please save the date!

Quick Links:

Athlete Sign-Up   Volunteer Sign-Up  

Code of Conduct Form    COVID-19 Code of Conduct Form

May 18 News from Nancy

We will be meeting on Mondays at the Koch Tennis Center, 12440 W. Maple Rd.  Because there is  limited court availability, we will have to continue with our LOVE and DEUCE groups.  Please note that it will NOT be every other week as it has been. Please check your group's practice dates above, and register via Sign-Up Genius.


Please bring plenty of water, hats, and snacks as they may need more support when we play 1 1/2 hours.  Don't forget sunscreen. 

April 12 News from Nancy

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for bringing needed paperwork and getting the athletes there early so we can do the check-in!  

Let me know if your athlete has outgrown any of their uniforms. We can do a trade for different sizes.  Just a reminder that you need to remind your athlete that they are responsible for knowing where their uniform pieces are and to keep them in good condition.

Everyone should have:

  • teal hoodie

  • teal short sleeve shirt

  • teal long sleeve shirt

  • yellow short sleeve shirt

  • tennis bag with personalized name tag

March 30 News from Nancy

Practices begin April 3 or April 10.

Please arrive early so that we can get everyone through the check-in process without using up our court time.


Masks are required when you arrive and when you leave.  Parents that remain upstairs to watch should wear masks.  Please try to keep the spectator numbers to a minimum.


Check-in will be on the soccer side.  Enter the doors at the front and then turn right into the soccer area.  We will have tables set up for temperatures, COVID questions, collecting paperwork and the master list of court assignments.  The athletes should remain on the soccer side for stretching and when our court time begins we will move to the tennis side.  Parents and caretakers should head upstairs.  The court assignments will be posted on the windows as usual.


Parents and caretakers, please accompany your athlete through this first check in process.  We want to make sure that the athletes understand anything we ask of them and if they are lacking paperwork that there is someone there to help them fill it out and sign.  

***All athletes will have to have the current required paperwork. If you do not fill it out at home then it will have to be completed during check in.


Athletes should bring a water bottle as there is not drinking fountain available.  They also should dress for activity.  Wearing shorts with pockets or a tennis skirt is most desirable.  All athletes should wear appropriate footwear.  Please wear supportive tennis shoes, not fashion shoes. 


On the court all athletes will be assigned a colored dot.  They should put all of their belonging in the vicinity of that dot which will be distanced from the other athletes.  There will be a ball hopper or tube with a corresponding color on the dot.  They will use that hopper/tube to pick up balls.  All hoppers/tubes will be wiped down at the end of practice.  Please share this procedure with your athlete so they are prepared for this change.  They will be responsible for picking up balls during and after our practice.  


There will be hand sanitizer for athlete and volunteer use on each court.  All athletes and volunteers will use the sanitizer before play, during play if needed and when leaving the court.


Masks do not need to be worn during play, but if you want your athlete to wear a mask please let us know.


Thanks for your support and understanding as we get back to play.  We have tried to cover all the bases, but if you have concerns or suggestions please share with us so that we can make this work for the athletes.  We love our Tennis Buddies and their families and we are so blessed to be able to get back to doing things that we enjoy and to be together with friends after such a long break.  

March 16 News from Nancy
Please let me know if your athlete will be participating in the April and May practices. I need this information by Thursday.

We will be starting on April 3rd with the LOVE Group alternating with the DEUCE Group until May 22nd. The LOVE Group will start the 3rd and will play from 4:15-6:00.  The DEUCE Group will play on April 10th from 4:45-6:00.  Please plan to arrive at on time to go through the COVID protocols that will be in place.


Sign Up Genius is ready.  Please sign up there for all play.  The link can be found at the top of this page.

***Remember all athletes must have a current physical to participate.  No exceptions!  Kathleen Samland will or has contacted you if your physical is expired or will expire in the near future.  We like to give lots of notice as we understand that appointments can be hard to get on short notice.  All of the forms you need can be found on Please follow through on this item as we don't want to disappoint athletes and families by having to turn someone away.  


As I stated in my previous email, all athletes and parent volunteers must fill out a COVID Code of Conduct form and COVID waiver to be on the courts or helping with check-in.  Thanks to everyone that has emailed me the forms already. Those of you who have, I have printed and filed them.  

I need volunteers for taking temperatures, recording and asking COVID questions, giving out court assignments and collecting paperwork and making sure every has a COVID Code of Conduct and a COVID waiver signed.  

For LOVE group I had Scott and Sheri Lamb, Betty McCracken and Michele Greenwood.  Let me know if this still works for you.  We could use one more for the LOVE dates.  

For DUECE group I had Jen Northouse, Kathy McClellan, Donna Sommerer and Sara Cline.  Let me know if this still works for you.  We could us one more for the DUECE group dates.

March 12 News from Nancy

It's official!  We can get back to tennis!  I hope that you have all been healthy and happy during this break time.


We can resume practices with 50 people, athletes and volunteers total.  That will work for us, although we will stay with the alternate week practices so that we don't have the log jam of players passing in the facility.  Our practices will begin on Saturday,  April 3rd and end on May 22nd.  The location will be at the MAC (the Tennis Club) and the times will be either 4:15-6:00 or 4:45-6:00.   At the beginning of June we will transition to outdoor Play at Koch on Monday nights from 5:45-7:00.  I am still confirming this with Koch and the MAC.  If there are any changes I will let you know ASAP.  


There are some housekeeping duties we need to take care of before we start back.  These are time sensitive so please get to these as quickly as you can!  First, all athletes MUST have a current physical on file with Tennis Buddies.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.  Kathleen Samland is handling the physicals for me and will keep you all informed if your athlete's physical is coming up for renewal.  All of the appropriate forms are found on and should be printed out and filled in by the Dr. at the time fo the physical.  Please make sure that they date the forms! Tennis Buddies needs one copy and the other copy should be sent to Special Olympics for their files.  You can email them or snail mail.  The second thing is the COVID-19 code of conduct that must be filled out by all athletes, volunteers and coaches.  If you are a parent that volunteers with us you also need to fill one out and have on file with Tennis Buddies.  The third is a new form that all athletes, volunteers and coaches need to have on file.  This is a COVID 19 waiver.  I am attaching these forms to this email, but they all can be found on the website under return to play.  YOU MUST HAVE THESE FILLED OUT AND SIGNED BEFORE PLAY CAN RESUME.  

1. current physical

2. COVID 19 Code of Conduct

3. COVID 19 waiver

***In addition, any athlete that has had a positive COVID diagnosis must have "Medical Clearance" prior to returning to play.  This can be in any official form from the doctor that states that the athlete is free to resume all physical activity.  

All of these forms should be filed with me and with SONE.


Thanks for getting to these right away.  You can scan and email to me, print out and bring to the first practice or mail to my house.

I need volunteers for taking temperatures, recording and asking COVID questions, giving out court assignments and collecting paperwork and making sure every has a COVID Code of Conduct and a COVID waiver signed.  

For LOVE group I had Scott and Sheri Lamb, Betty McCracken and Michele Greenwood.  Let me know if this still works for you.  We could use one more for the LOVE dates.  

For DUECE group I had Jen Northouse, Kathy McClellan, Donna Sommerer and Sara Cline.  Let me know if this still works for you.  We could us one more for the DUECE group dates.


Thanks for your attention!



Nancy Samson

18667 Nina St.

Omaha, NE


Here are some of the protocols we will follow when we return to play.  Please review them carefully and share any relevant information with your athlete so that they know what to expect.

1) Masks will be worn when you enter the MAC and when you depart.

2) Mask wearing during play will be personal preference. Be sure your athlete knows what you expect for this.

3) Each athlete will have a "dot" on the court assigned to him/her.  They will set all their gear in the dot area so that they are distanced from each other.

4) Each athlete will have a tube or a hopper to pick up balls with. The hopper/tube will have a piece of tape attached that coordinates with the dot they are on

ex) "Matt"  is on the red dot.  He will have a hopper/tube that has red tape on it.  He will use only that hopper/tube to pick up balls.  Please explain this to your athlete so they know what to expect. 

5) Every athlete and volunteer will use hand sanitizer when they enter the court and when they depart.

6) When you arrive at the MAC please proceed upstairs and find a dot for Table 1 that your athlete can stand on.  They will have their temperature taken and will then proceed to Table 2.  At this table they will be asked what their temp was and 2 COVID questions.

    Have you had contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

    Do you have a cough or any other signs of COVID-19?

    ***Please be sure that you go over these questions with your athlete so that they understand what we are asking.  Preferably a

        parent or caretaker will be there to assist.  

Proceed to Table 3 where that person will have a master list of the athletes and volunteer court assignments.  The assignments will be posted on the window by the door to the courts like we always have done.  Don't worry if you forget which court.  Just check it as you enter.

7) Every athlete and volunteer must have a COVID Code of Conduct filled out and signed.  You only need do this once, so if you played this Fall and did one then there is no need for another.  If this is your first time back you need to bring the form filled out and signed.  You need to go over this with your athlete.  I am attaching the form to this email so that you can do this before you come to the MAC.

8) As of this time I don't have an answer about parents/caretakers staying and watching.  At the very least, I think just 1 person for an athlete will be able to attend.  

9) As stated before, we are trying to be preemptive in our approach to resuming tennis, but if you see an area we need to address then please share your feedback with either Tammy or I.  We know that it takes a village to make this program the best it can be.

       (Nancy)   402-981-2730

       (Tammy)  402-670-7277   

I will have internet access while I am away.  Please address any emails to both Tammy and me.   

10) If your athlete has an unexpected absence for a date you are signed up for then please email and/or text Tammy and I.  This way we will be able to adjust court assignments accordingly.  We hope that there won't be any no-shows.  We need to be able to respect our volunteers and their time and also be able to cancel courts if they are not needed.   

11) All athletes need to have a current physical on file at SONE and with us.  If you do not have one, then please attend to that ASAP.  Physical forms are good for 3 years.  I have contacted anyone that either has an expired physical or one that will expire soon.  If you are in doubt contact me and I will share the date of expiration.  Medical forms can be found on  When your physician has completed the form send one to SONE and bring one for us to have on file.  All athletes also need to have a Code of Conduct, different than  COVID-19 Code of Conduct on file.  You can also find this form on


Whew!!!  Hopefully I have covered most everything!  I'm sure I will have forgotten something, but will send any additional thoughts at a later date.  


Thanks for taking the time to go over this carefully yourself and also with your athlete.  Feel free to print it off for reference.  

Stay safe and warm!  We look forward to getting back to tennis!




Don't forget to go to Sign Up Genius!  You MUST be signed up to play in order to attend.  Remember the group that you were assigned to, either LOVE or DUECE.  Only sign up for the weeks that you are assigned to play.  In January and February each athlete will get 4 time slots.  We apologize for the restrictions, but we will start this way and then reevaluate.  

Have a Happy New Year!

I received confirmations from most of you, and I thank you for that.  If you did not respond, then please do so soon.  If I do not have you registered you will not be able to use Sign Up Genius for your athlete to play.  With the COVID complications we are going to be very strict with sign ups.  If your athlete is not signed up prior to the play date they will not be allowed to attend.  We are going to  manage our numbers by knowing who is attending and how many volunteers we will need.  This policy will be strictly enforced!  In that past we have been able to be lenient, but not this session.


We will be dividing the athletes into 2 groups according to the level of instruction that they need.  You will be notified soon the group that your athlete will be in.  One group will be DUECE and the other will be LOVE.  Which one will you be???


Groups will attend practice on alternating weeks.  We will only have one group play on any given week.  We will play in January and February so each group will get 4 practices.  After that we will reassess our needs and the COVID situation.  We will all have to be flexible and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.  Practices will start on 1/9/21 and conclude on 2/27/21.  They will be on Saturdays at the MAC (formally the Tennis Club) from either 4:30-6 or 5:00-6.  


Right now I am thinking we will take March off and resume on 4/3/21-5/29/21 with a possible tournament 5/22/21 through SONE.  You will receive information as the schedule develops.  Please note these dates on your calendar in PENCIL:-)


There will be many safety protocols in place when you arrive at the MAC.  All athletes will need to have masks on when they arrive, will have their temperatures taken and will be asked the COVID questions that were asked this Fall when we played at Koch.  If your athlete has not done this before, we ask that a parent or caretaker be present to help the athlete answer so there is no confusion on their part as to understanding what we are asking.  There will be "dots" on the floor to help distance the athletes when they arrive.  At this time I am unsure of the status of spectators allowed at the MAC.  I will get clarification before we start back.


Every court will have hand sanitizer for each athlete to use as they enter and exit the court.  Volunteers and athletes can wear masks on court if they desire.  All volunteers will wear gloves while on the court.  Each athlete will have a "dot" to put their equipment and water on at an appropriate distance from other athletes.  Each athlete will have a color coded ball hopper to use to pick up balls.  These will be wiped down after the end of each practice.  


We will start with these procedures and adapt as needed.  If you have any suggestions for measures we can take, please feel free to share them with me.


I appreciate you patience and understanding as we develop and adapt our program to the challenges we have been presented.  We will work tirelessly to ensure that your athlete and the volunteers are playing in a safe manner.  Again, if you have a suggestion or concern, please share with me. 


Happy Holidays to all of my Buddies and families and a Happy New Year!  Be sure to be on the lookout for emails with details for our start of practices.  


Missing you all and thanks for ensuring you are familiar with our schedule and procedures!



Fall Practice Photos



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.

#3 Complete the Special Olympics COVID-19 Participation Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment Form:  Click Here to View/Download.

#4 Turn in the medical forms for physicals or registration forms if they were sent to you.


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 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.



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 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 I will also send out an email.


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!


If you have any pictures that you would like to share, can you send them to Jane Hines. Jane developed our website and will post the pictures on our Tennis Buddies Photos Page.


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.

Creighton Men's Schedule
Creighton Women's Schedule



Check out our some of our Tennis Buddies photos and videos.