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Special Care & Career Services chosen as a beneficiary of Challenger of Dallas Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Jan 28, 2009, 10:11 AM

For tennis fans, this event is a fun way to watch exciting tennis and support non profit organizations at the same time.

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Special Care & Career Services is delighted to be selected as a beneficiary of the Challenger of Dallas tennis event hosted by T Bar M Racquet Club January 31 to February 7.

      “We are thrilled to be associated with this one-of-a-kind event in Dallas because it allows us to spread the word about the ground-breaking work our agency is doing to help babies and adults with disabilities become productive and independent members of our community,” said Cathy Packard, Executive Director, Special Care & Career Services (SCCS). “It should also help ‘Get People Talking About’ our big fundraiser, ‘A Special Evening with Bonnie Raitt’ hosted by Alliance Data on March 9!”

      Two special sponsorships for Challenger of Dallas are being offered that directly promote and benefit SCCS: $8,500 sponsors four quarterly Job Club meetings benefiting up to 80 adults with intellectual disabilities or $2500 to host one Job Club. These sponsorships directly help adults with developmental disabilities learn job-related life skills and meet peers through structured social and educational quarterly meetings of the Job Club, a component of Special Care & Career Services’ Supported Employment program. Experts speak about skills that will help with job success such as interviewing tips, professional behavior in the work place, appropriate business attire, fitness and nutrition, and personal financial management.

Special Care & Career Services:

      Chartered in 1963, Special Care & Career Services’ (SCCS) mission is to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.

      To this end, they offer two age-specific programs regarded as models for innovation by the community: Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) which provides therapies and services to babies zero to three years old who exhibit any delay or disability and Supported Employment Services (SES) which matches adults with intellectual disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury) to good jobs in the community that fit their abilities and meet the needs of the employer.

The Challenger of Dallas

The Challenger of Dallas is a $50,000 Men’s USTA Pro Circuit Tournament hosted by T Bar M Racquet Club. It is one of the few tennis tournaments – at any level – with live Internet broadcasting and commentary. Players who have competed in the Challenger of Dallas include the Bryan brothers, James Blake, Taylor Dent, Justin Gimelstob, David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov. The event has donated more than $100,000 to such charities as the Dallas Tennis Association’s “Invest in a Child” program, Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House Charities. The tournament also offers Pro-Ams and clinics to fans of all ages and talent levels, in addition to wheelchair tennis exhibitions and service ace contests.


Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Tennis Association's "Invest in a Child"
Dallas County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen (R)
Special Care & Career Services


Note: Check the website for listing of all sponsors, daily schedules, caterers and more:

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