Special Needs Tennis


Kids with an instructor in the Love Serving Autism class

The Center's programs for citizens with special needs have expanded, conducted by Tennis 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

The Gardens Tennis 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
Youth2nd & 4th Thursday of each month5:30-6:30pm$8/$10None
Adult2nd & 4th Thursday of each month6:30-8:30pm$8/$10None

Jamie's Angels

Sponsored by the Frank Family as a memorial to their daughter, Jamie Alexa, this program continues to be held on a monthly basis during the school year starting in October. 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 Russo Athletic Complex courts (adjacent to the Tennis Center) on selected Saturdays (see below). For information and pre-registration, please contact Lisa via email.

  • Resident/Non-resident Fee: $8/$10 per class
10-UnderSat9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16, 12/1410-11amNone
Youth 11+Sat9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16, 12/1411am-12pmNone

Love Serving Autism for Adults

LSA Adults meet at the Tennis Center in two sessions on selected Tuesdays. Full session enrollment is required on Palm Beach Garden Recreation login or at the Tennis Center and includes 5 classes per session. Classes may be joined in progress at a pro-rated fee if space permits.

  • Age: 18+
  • Instructor: Jim Tierney
2nd & 4th ThuSep 12-Dec 125:30-6:30pm$72/$90332106-1A
Participants and volunteers in the Jamie's Angels tennis program
Participants and volunteers in the Jamie's Angels tennis program