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Junior Tennis Champions Center trains Special Olympians

Junior Tennis Champions Center facilities in College Park, Maryland where Special Olympic athletes will train for 2014 games in June in Princeton, NJ.
Junior Tennis Champions Center facilities in College Park, Maryland where Special Olympic athletes will train for 2014 games in June in Princeton, NJ.
Joe Hight

The Junior Tennis Champion Center in College Park, Maryland is and does many things. It trains world class tennis players, including Denis Kudla, who has been ranked as high as the 90th best tennis player on the ATP tour, and who has won over a half million dollars in tennis prize money; and Mitchell Frank, current University of Virginia tennis star.

JTCC is an official United States Tennis Association Regional Training Center, whose goal is to train promising young talent to get to the college and pro level. It provides academic schooling at the site for students in residence while training for tennis, and it provides training for daily commuters who attend school off site.

The College Park Tennis Club at the center serves as a community public tennis center offering instructional, social and competitive programs for players of all ages and skill levels and court time for recreational play.

It does all of these things and more, but one of the best things it does is partner with Special Olympics Maryland.

On Wednesday, the JTCC, the world-class tennis training center in College Park, Md., announced that it will partner in 2014 with Special Olympics Maryland.

This will be the second year that JTCC is a partner with Special Olympics. This year JTCC will train 25-35 Special Olympics athletes who will play for Team Maryland in the state's first representation at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games to be held in Princeton, New Jersey this June. Special Olympic athletes will represent Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

"We are honored to partner with the Special Olympics and the dedicated athletes representing Team Maryland," said Ray Benton, CEO of JTCC. The training program at JTCC will allow these athletes to train indoors during the winter and to work with some of the best and brightest young tennis players in the area.

Benton added, "We are proud to support their dreams for success at this year's Special Olympics."

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games' tennis competition will be held in June at the Mercer County Park in New Jersey. Tennis players will compete in singles and doubles in both short court and long court formats.