A decade of Lincoln Tennis Buddies

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The non-profit is supported by Special Olympics Nebraska. An organizer says it is the only program of its kind for special needs athletes in the area. Since it began in 2008, four times as many athletes are playing tennis in Lincoln.

Rachel Moon said, "I'm just here to practice and play some games."

Another player who has been a part of the organization for more than seven years said, "I really enjoy it...keeps me social and in shape."

Inside the Abbott Sports Complex, people of all ages who have special needs enjoy Saturdays on the court. From introductions in a circle formation to a warm up and playing time, athletes get to connect and build tennis skills together.

Organizer Phil Wolfe said, "Some of these athletes have progressed that they participate in the national Special Olympic games."

There are also nearly eight volunteers who assist.

The indoor season for Lincoln Tennis Buddies continues until April, and the court time at Abbott is sponsored by the Lincoln Sports Foundation.