UH Hosts First Cougar Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
The first Cougar Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament is set for Oct. 28-30 at the Memorial Park Tennis Center. Sanctioned by the U.S. Tennis Association, the tournament is open to the public and will draw competitors of all skill levels.
That’s a big reason Michael Cottingham, director of Adaptive Athletics at UH and assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, wanted to start a tennis program. Wheelchair tennis, he said, can be played by people with a variety of mobility issues, including muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and polio, along with those with spinal cord injuries and amputees. Not all of the participants regularly use a wheelchair, he said.