US Veterans Excel in Padel Training Programs that Culminate with Memorial Day Event

May 9, 2024

The United States Padel Association (USPA), in collaboration with Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS), recently celebrated the achievements of two veteran groups who completed specialized Padel training programs. These programs are designed to leverage the therapeutic benefits of sports to aid in physical and mental recovery for US veterans.

In Washington D.C., a group of nine veterans concluded a six-week basic Padel training at the local VA Medical Center, facilitated by recreational therapist Ms. Niketia Davis. These sessions required a three-hour weekly commute to Padelphia at AFC Fitness in Philadelphia, with the logistics of transportation and meals handled to ensure seamless participation. The program wrapped up successfully on February 21st with support from Chris Haley of the Baltimore Padel Club.

Another group from the Hudson Valley and Bronx VA Medical Centers finished their training under the guidance of instructors Pedro Gonzalez and William Rios at Padel Haus in Brooklyn, New York. Their training culminated on April 26th, having focused on Padel fundamentals such as back-wall drills, serving techniques, and net play.

To highlight their newly acquired skills and celebrate the spirit of camaraderie, MACS is hosting an Intra-VA competition on Memorial Day, May 25th. The event will pit Team Washington D.C. VAMC against Team New York VAMC in a friendly tournament at Padelphia, showcasing the veterans’ skills and the community-building power of Padel.

Former Lt. Commander Steven HArper of the MACS

Bill Ullman, a USPA Board Member, reflected on the program’s impact, noting the joy and accomplishment it brings to US veterans. “I was honored to help Steven Harper (former Lt. Commander US Navy) and MACS at Padel Haus recently. Sharing the joy of Padel with our vets while representing the USPA was a truly special experience,” said Ullman.

These initiatives underline the successful partnership between VA centers, MACS, and local Padel facilities, highlighting the physical, mental, and social benefits for participants. With plans to expand these opportunities, the USPA and MACS aim to introduce more veterans to Padel, fostering their rehabilitation and community integration through sports.

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