Serving Autism On and Off The Tennis Court

The Match Point Gala is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign hosted by Love Serving Autism. Each year, the staff and Board of Directors nominate “Legacy” candidates, philanthropic leaders in the community, who truly represent the LSA mission with a passion and dedication to help build community, raise awareness and needed funds for Love Serving Autism. 

Love Serving Autism

Specialized Therapeutic Tennis Instruction for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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“I love teaching Love Serving Autism classes! It brings me great joy to see these kids progress not only in their tennis skill development but also in their life skills development! As a Special Olympics volunteer coach, I am constantly amazed at the level of sportsmanship the athletes display so readily! I have found that these athletes teach me more than I could ever teach them!”
– Rita Dotson, Roger Scott Tennis Center, Pensacola, FL

Joshua Silver Banks Scholarship Fund

Please consider donating to this scholarship fund that provides tennis classes to Love Serving Autism families in need.

Joshua attending an LSA tennis class at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center
Joshua playing tennis with Coach Karin DeCoste at the North River Shores Tennis Club

My son has autism and tennis is the only sport he chooses to play. Love Serving Autism has given my child a chance to participate in tennis at his pace, at his level, and within his limitations. Not only does it promote activity, but it helps increase his motor skills, builds confidence, and he has a blast!

Sona Shornden, Mom

Lantana, FL

FAU Women Find Service Opportunity in Tennis Shutdown

2019 US Open USTA Net Generation On-Court Experience August 31, 2019

2019 USTA FL Adaptive Tennis & Love Serving Autism

Autism Prevalence

  • In 2021, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 44 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2018 data.
    • 1 in 27 boys identified with autism
    • 1 in 116 girls identified with autism
  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above-average range (i.e., IQ >85).
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.

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We're Here to Help

Parents understand how difficult it is to find community-based sports and activities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Let’s look at tennis. Tennis is an individual sport that can provide youth with physical and cognitive developmental tools. It also builds self-esteem through peer interaction and socialization as well as develops language skills.

Figuring things out on his/her own helps to improve cognitive skills and each student can fine-tune motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Each student has his/her own set of needs and lessons can be tailored to fit all children with special needs.

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