2012 USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships Preview
MOBILE, AL - The 2012 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships and the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships will be taking place October 11-14 and October 12-14, respectively, hosted by the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama, the world's largest public tennis facility, for the sixth consecutive year.
Each small college division (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) features eight singles players and eight doubles teams who earned spots into this national event by winning their respective USTA/ITA Regional Championships held over the past three weeks throughout the country. Over 8,000 student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete in the 87 USTA/ITA Regional Championships held at college campuses across the country.
The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship, which dates back to 1986, is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). The singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The most unique element of the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate Championships program is the fact that all levels of varsity college tennis (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) are competing in one comprehensive event, and any ITA varsity student-athlete has the opportunity to play and win at the prestigious USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
This year marks the third annual USTA/ITA National Collegiate Wheelchair Championship. Collegiate wheelchair tennis is organized and sanctioned by the USTA, in partnership with the ITA. The purpose of collegiate wheelchair tennis is three fold:
1. To give students with disabilities the opportunity to compete in an intercollegiate sport as a representative from their institution.
2. To encourage individuals with disabilities to pursue a college education.
3. To create incentive for juniors to go to college and to advance the growth of wheelchair tennis across the country.
For complete results and event information, visit www.itatennis.com.