Sportable Hosts First Annual River City Slam

RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, March 3, 2021) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to host the first annual River City Slam wheelchair tennis tournament June 11-13, 2021. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.

Sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the River City Slam is open to all levels, including first-time players in divisions A, B, C, D, and Juniors. Collegiate School will host all matches at the Williams Bolletieri Tennis Center at its Robins Campus. All proceeds will directly impact Sportable’s mission to make sports accessible and inclusive for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

“After having to postpone in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sportable is thrilled to host the first annual River City Slam this year,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “We are grateful to our community partners at the Collegiate School and Richmond Region Tourism for making this event possible and will be following strict protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants. We look forward to an action-packed weekend featuring some of the top players in the region for world class competition right here in RVA.”

“Richmond Region Tourism is a proud supporter of adaptive sports in our community and we are honored to partner with Sportable to host a prestigious wheelchair tennis tournament in the Richmond Region,” commented J.C. Poma, Richmond Region Tourism Director of Sports Relations. “Sportable has a long history of hosting top class events and I am confident the River City Slam will produce an entertaining weekend for both athletes and spectators.”

One of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis is played on a standard tennis court in the same way as able-bodied tennis, with the only exception being that a wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The athlete’s wheelchair is considered to be a part of the body, so rules applying to the player’s body apply to the chair as well. Wheelchair tennis has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1992 and has been played at all four Grand Slams since 2007.

For more information about the River City Slam, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Forrest Lodge at forrest@sportable.org or 804-340-2991.

About Sportable
Wheelchair tennis is one of 15 competitive and recreational sports provided by Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club. Sportable has created opportunities and transformed the lives of individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport since 2005. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. For more information about Sportable, please visit Sportable.org.