CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) — There are only about a dozen colleges across the country that have competitive wheelchair sports teams and now Clemson University is one of them.
The school started a competitive wheelchair tennis team in April with one student and one affiliate player.
The program now has 12 new sport wheelchairs with a former coach for the US national wheelchair tennis team at the helm.
Clemson’s adaptive sports program hopes to eventually hold youth camps.
Jasmine Townsend, the team’s program director, says it’s already changing on players life, and parents are already contacting the university in excitement.
“Oftentimes they don’t even envision they could go to college and be a student-athlete,” she says. “So to see that Clemson has an opportunity, a young child could see wheelchair tennis as a possibility: ‘I could be an athlete!’“
The program hosted the Southeastern Regional Wheelchair Games over the weekend. where 3 athletes broke American records in shot put and discus events.
Clemson’s wheelchair tennis team is still looking for more students to join its team.