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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

There will soon be a place in the city of Montgomery where people with physical and intellectual disabilities can play tennis.

Their new spot for recreation became a reality Thursday as a ceremonial groundbreaking took place for two "dream courts" at Edward Thompson Park off Ray Thorington Road.

The courts, to be operated by non-profit Dream Court, will host a year-round program designed at teaching tennis to players with disabilities.

Why tennis? Organizers say it's year-round and is a life-time sport. Participation is inexpensive, tennis has a lot to teach and it is adaptable to every level.

"When these special athletes step onto the courts, it is about more than just the game of tennis," Dream Court officials say. "The program offers the athletes opportunities to build life skills through social interaction with each other and the many dedicated volunteers who run the program."

The courts are being made possible through a city decision to donate the park property that is adjacent to the Miracle League baseball field.

Tennis players from area colleges including AUM, Huntingdon, and ASU, as well as high school students from Montgomery Academy, and Trinity will donate their time to serve as mentors and coaches once the program launches.

Those who would like to volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm can find out more at www.dreamcourt.org

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