The Arc of Butler Tennis program hosted its third annual Neil and Page Benson Tennis Tournament on June 23.
Arc Tennis has a rich history in Butler County. It was one of the first tennis programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Kansas. The first tournament was held more than 34 years ago on the same courts in El Dorado. Two of the original teams were present for the competition again this year.
Arc Tennis consists of five adaptive tennis teams in Kansas. Each team takes a turn hosting a tournament for all Arc teams in Kansas to participate. Due to the heat and travel this year, attendance was less than expected; however, spirits were high as opposing teams cheered each other during the awards ceremony where 42 trophies were handed out.
This year’s tennis tournament and program was made possible through a grant from the Genesis Foundation for Fitness and Tennis (GFFT). The Wichita-based foundation is designed to provide critical funding for a wide array of physical endeavors for young people who demonstrate the greatest need and the strongest commitment.
Hamburgers and hot dogs were donated by Cargill and cooked by the El Dorado Red Devil Chefs again this year. Athletes and their families were served a picnic-style lunch in the Water Works tennis court park.
For more information about The Arc of Butler County, either visit them online at www.arcofbutler.com or call them at 316-680-4240.