The City of Montgomery held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of two "Dream Courts" on Thursday at the city's Edward Thompson Park.
Dream Court is a non-profit organization that offers an adaptive tennis program designed to share the lifetime sport of tennis with individuals who have disabilities. Earlier this spring a kick-off party was held which announced the city's land donation for the project.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange announced the donated land would be adjacent to the Miracle League baseball field.
Dream Court athletes range from those with Down syndrome, autism, delayed development or learning disabilities. Athletes with physical challenges such as being confined to a wheelchair, amputees or impacted hearing/vision will also be given the opportunity to become adaptive in the tennis program.
The mission of the Dream Courts is to enrich the individual's life through tennis, by offering a fun way to achieve an active lifestyle which will increase healthy habits. Jessica Weyreuter, founder and President of the Dream Court said "She hopes this initiative will help our community be a more welcoming and accepting place for people with any kind of disability." She also said she hopes it will encourage the community to find a new outlook on others with disabilities.
The local tennis community has also stepped up to the plate to help in the success of Dream Court. Volunteers included tennis players from area colleges including AUM, Huntingdon, and ASU as well as high school students from Montgomery Academy and Trinity. Their commitments range from an afternoon to a lifetime.
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