Inside Florida Tennis: Love Serving Autism Receives FRPA Award

The Florida Recreation and Parks Association (FRPA) held its Annual Conference in early September, which recognized different parks and recreation organizations for their commitment to healthy living and community growth.

There were 17 awards in total and one of them went to Palm Beach Gardens Recreation for offering Love Serving Autism (LSA) to its diverse citizens.

Love Serving Autism’s mission is “to expand life skills, especially functional communication, through specialized multidisciplinary therapeutic tennis instruction to increase community inclusion and independence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Life Challenges.” Development”.

The Love Serving Autism program was recognized for its innovation in Florida’s adaptive tennis.

A partner organization of USTA Florida, Love Serving Autism has seen tremendous success in the adaptive tennis scene across the state of Florida. This success was rewarded at the Florida Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference.

When it came time to name the winner of the “Innovative Programming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” Award, it was revealed that Love Serving Autism’s therapeutic tennis camp at Palm Beach Gardens Recreation won. Lisa Pugliese, founder of LSA, said the program is extremely grateful to be recognized for its hard work.

“On behalf of Love Serving Autism, we thank FRPA and the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis and Pickleball Center for embracing and celebrating the inclusion of neurodiverse individuals in our community,” said Pugliese.

USTA Florida is a firm believer that “Tennis is for everyone” and Love Serving Autism has done a tremendous job staying true to that motto. With the clear goal of getting participants to apply their newly acquired skills across the community, LSA has gone further with its work in the state of Florida.

Love serving autism has been a huge asset to adaptive tennis in Florida and across the country, and USTA Florida congratulates them on this achievement.

Video courtesy of FRPA

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