Xperience Tennis Invitational, Jan. 9-11 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 two of Virginia’s own, Jon Fried and Chris Raupp of Charlottesville, for three days of round-robin tournament play, a UVA tennis clinic and community doubles play, all at a first class venue, Boar’s Head Sports Club.

Join us for the Opening Ceremony, which starts at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 9; tournament play is from 8 am to 8 pm Friday, Jan. 10; and the final matches run from 8 am to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 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 two from Virginia – Jon Fried, Chris Raupp (both from Charlottesville).
  • 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 BAMA Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Boar’s Head Sports Club, both who have supported the tournament since its inception, the Denton Family Charitable Foundation, The Boar’s Head Sports Club Silent Auction, and many generous individual supporters in the area. Additional support is provided by Monticello Media and NBC29.