Adaptive Tennis Programs


The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center’s programs for citizens with special needs have expanded, conducted by Tennis & Pickleball Center professional Lisa Pugliese. Pugliese enjoyed a distinguished career as a highly-ranked junior and collegiate player (she played for the University of Florida’s 1996 NCAA champions). Her professional career cut short by injuries, Lisa found her next great love in teaching, particularly young people with disabilities. Eventually she entered the field of instructing those on the autism spectrum and founded Love Serving Autism as a non-profit in service to this community.

Wheelchair Tennis Clinics-STARTING NOW!

The Palm Beach Gardens Tennis & Pickleball Center is now offering a Wheelchair Tennis Clinic on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Each class includes a tennis & mobility warm-up, stroke/strategy of the day and play. The first class is free! Call 561-630-1180 to reserve your spot.

  • Instructor: USPTA Pro Jim Tierney
Adult2nd & 4th Thursday of each month6:30-8:30pm$10None

Jamie’s Angels

This program provides an enjoyable monthly occasion for the benefit of community members with special needs. Qualified tennis professionals direct the play – which is adapted to the individual abilities of the participants – helped by enthusiastic volunteers, usually with a one-to-one player to volunteer ratio. It is funded by the Frank Family in memory of their daughter/granddaughter/sister, Jamie Alexa. The classes are FREE but please pre-register at 561-630-1180.


Love Serving Autism for Youth

Interaction between volunteers and students is very important in this program, and Tennis Pro Lisa Pugliese seeks well-motivated individuals who can commit to it. Please email Lisa and let her know if you might be able to do so. LSA Youth meet at Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex courts (adjacent to the Tennis & Pickleball Center) on selected Saturdays (see below). For information and pre-registration, please contact Lisa via email.


Love Serving Autism for Adults

LSA Adults meet at the Tennis & Pickleball Center in two sessions on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays. Full session enrollment is required and includes 6 classes per session. Classes may be joined in progress at a pro-rated fee if space permits.

  • Age: 18+
  • Instructor: Jim Tierney