We are the San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program.
We are not the Wounded Warrior Project. Not even close.
We are a tennis-based rehabilitation program of the San Diego District Tennis Association, in collaboration with Naval Medical Center San Diego, VA Medical Center San Diego, and Balboa Tennis Club. It’s a real team effort.
Tennis: That’s the key word in all of this. We are a program that delivers free tennis to wounded veterans and active service members of all ages, in our San Diego community and across the country. That may lead you to ask how we can provide tennis outside of our domain.
Our program is two-fold. There’s the annual camp and the weekly clinic.
We run a free annual tennis camp in May for wounded active service members and veterans from across the country. No tennis experience is necessary. All major expenses are paid thanks to grants and donations from local and national sponsors.
We offer free weekly drop-in tennis clinics every Tuesday from 11:00 am – 12:30 at Balboa Tennis Club. Again, no tennis experience is necessary. Under the direction of several fantastic tennis pros and wonderful volunteers, we are fortunate enough to be able to focus on the fundamental skills of tennis. And with our number of participants on the rise, we’re able to arrange doubles matches as well as large group games. If you can’t already tell, we have a lot of fun.
During tennis, the players exhibit an “all in” mentality and work hard to make those around them just a little bit better than how they found them. Whether that’s in regard to tennis skills or self-esteem, each interaction is meaningful and positive. Being a part of this community alone is therapeutic, never mind the release the court provides from pressures and priorities in our daily lives.
Our mission is to satisfy physical, emotional and social needs, promote a fit and healthy lifestyle, and enhance quality of life. The program encourages a head-on approach to mental health topics and encourages collaboration and conversation. The players that join our program bring energy and enthusiasm every day and positively impact the lives of the people around them.
Our vision is to create and inspire a global tennis community for wounded warriors and their families. We strive to create a space where they feel comfortable, welcome and safe, resulting in improved quality of life through better health, meaningful relationships, self-confidence, and personal independence.
If you want to learn more about the program, contact us!
You can reach us at our website: http://www.sdwoundedwarriortennis.org/
Or visit us:
Balboa Tennis Club
2221 Morley Field Drive
San Diego, CA 92104