Xperience Tennis Invitational, Jan. 11-13 in Charlottesville

“We are here to lead a revolution. But it is not a violent revolution or an angry revolution or a vengeful revolution. We are here to lead the inclusion revolution, a revolution of the heart.” – Tim Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman

But a more inclusive community is one built by ALL of us. And we need you. Will you join us at the Xperience Tennis Invitational and take the first step to building a world rich in love, not fear? Whether you’re an Xperience veteran or a first-time fan, the event offers a multitude of opportunities for you to make a difference.

The Xperience brings together the top Special Olympics tennis athletes from around the country, including three of Virginia’s own, Jon Fried and Chris Raupp of Charlottesville, and Jeff Regan of Virginia Beach, for three days of round-robin tournament play, a UVA tennis clinic and community doubles play, all at a first class venue.

Join us for the Opening Ceremony, which starts at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 11; tournament play is from 8 am to 8 pm Friday, Jan. 12; and the final matches run from 8 am to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, with the Awards Ceremony starting at 4:30 pm Saturday. Fans are welcome throughout the tournament; for the full event schedule, click here.

Other Xperience facts:

  • There are 32 athletes competing from 15 states, including three from Virginia – Jon Fried, Chris Raupp (both from Charlottesville) and Jeff Regan (from Virginia Beach).All but one of the 32 athletes also will compete in at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle in July 2018.
  • The Xperience fulfills the dream of local Special Olympics athlete Jon Fried and his family. The dream was to bring together the best Special Olympics tennis players in the nation and provide them with a competitive experience right here in Charlottesville. The first Xperience Invitational took place in 2008.
  • This year’s event is presented by Boyd C. Tinsley Foundation, BAMA Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Boar’s Head Sports Club, all of which have supported the tournament since its inception. Additional support is provided by Monticello Media and NBC29.