Disability awareness for the French Tennis Federation during Roland Garros

On June the 5th of 2014, Handiamo! organized for the French Tennis Federation an event of disability awareness around wheelchair tennis at Roland Garros on Court n°6.

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The aim was to allow the greatest number of viewers to learn wheelchair tennis while bringing bodied people and people with disabilities to change the way people see disability.

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More than 1,000 people attended the event and nearly a hundred people practiced wheelchair tennis.

Among the participants, many personalities such as Ségolène Neuville (Secretary of State for disability and the fight against exclusion), Jean Gachassin (President of the FTF), Jean Luc Tenedos (Vice-President of the FTF in charge of social actions), Guy Forget and Nathalie Dechy (tennis champions), Thomas Bouhail (silver medal on vault at the Beijing Olympics) and Sylvain Wiltord (footballer).

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All lent themselves to the game and were fortunate to be introduced to the practice of wheelchair tennis by Michael Jeremiasz (former worldwide No.1 and Paralympic doubles champion in Beijing) as well as Nicolas Peifer (No.9 worldwide) Stéphane Houdet (No.2 worldwide), Charlotte Famin (French No.1 and No.15 worldwide) and Pauline Helouin (No.25 worldwide).

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