RICHMOND, VA – (Wednesday, March 25, 2020) – Sportable, one of the only adaptive sports clubs in Central Virginia, has decided to postpone the first annual River City Slam wheelchair tennis tournament originally scheduled for May 29-31, 2020.
“Due to the evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 public health crisis, it is in the best interest of all Sportable athletes, volunteers, staff, and spectators to postpone the River City Slam,” commented Hunter Leemon, Sportable Executive Director. “The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are committed to hosting an action-packed weekend to showcase some of the top players in the region in the future.”
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.
Wheelchair tennis is one of 13 competitive and recreational sports provided by Sportable, one of the only adaptive sports clubs in Central Virginia. 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.