8th Annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp May 6-9

SAN DIEGO (May 1, 2019) – The eighth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp will take place May 6-9, 2019 at the Balboa Tennis Club located at 2221 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104.

Over 50 wounded, ill, and injured service members and military veterans from across the country will participate in the Tennis Camp, which is being hosted by the San Diego District Tennis Association (SDDTA), in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and the Balboa Tennis Club.

The camp, which will offer on-court sessions from 10 a.m. to Noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. each day except Tuesday afternoon, will focus on helping participants improve their tennis skills through game-based clinics and instruction in an upbeat, fun-filled atmosphere.  The camp also provides emotional benefits and helps with community re-integration.  (There will be no on-court tennis session on Tuesday afternoon in order to give campers an opportunity for rest and relaxation.)

On Monday, May 6, the camp will get underway with its traditional Welcome Greeting, which is scheduled to take place in between 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Staff and volunteers will personally greet and welcome each service member and military veteran as they arrive on a chartered bus at the Balboa Tennis Club to attend Opening Day of the camp.

"Every year we are amazed at how this event has helped inspire these special service members and military veterans. It truly makes a difference in their lives,” said Steve Kappes, Director of Military Outreach for the SDDTA. “This camp would not be possible without the donations and the support of we receive from many local, regional, and national organizations."

To view a local news report on a past National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, please click here.

For more information on the eighth annual National Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp, go to: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org and www.facebook.com/sdwoundedwarriorstennis.

The camp will be led by Balboa Tennis Club’s Tennis Director, Geoff Griffin, a USPTA-certified teaching professional for over 30 years, and other professional tennis instructors from the club. All have been involved in the club’s Wounded Warrior Tennis Program since its inception in 2009. Support staff from
Naval Medical Center San Diego will assist, along with trained volunteers from the tennis community.

About the Wounded Warrior Tennis Program – Since 2009, the Balboa Tennis Club, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and the San Diego District Tennis Association, has provided over 400 free weekly tennis clinics to more than 1000 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from all the military services as part of NMCSD’s Wounded, Ill, and Injured Wellness Division, and the San Diego VA Medical Center's Recreational Therapy Department.

These military tennis clinics and tennis camps have been recognized for their excellence and impact by Congressional and local representatives, senior officials from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the leadership of the United States Tennis Association. They have become the model for similar tennis programs for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans that have been established at other major military medical centers, Warrior Transition Units, and VA hospitals across the country.

The Wounded Warrior Tennis Program has made a positive impact in the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Therapeutically, tennis has helped them work on eye-hand coordination, balance, ability to transfer weight, endurance, strength, and overall fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, tennis enables them to learn a new sport, promotes socialization, decreases stress and anxiety, and helps with re-integration into the community.