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ABOUT US

Who We Are

This website was written by a wheelchair player for a wheelchair player.

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to expose individuals with all levels of physical disability to the sport of tennis. Improving a person’s overall wellbeing while instilling confidence in one’s capabilities through participation in adaptive sport.

OUR GOALS

Our goal is to provide more opportunities to play across North Carolina, to support our players to reach their potential whether at a recreational or competitive level of play and to integrate wheelchair athletes into existing community tennis programs and leagues.

OUR IMPACT

Our impact reaches beyond the individual athlete to include our volunteers and the community we serve. We educate others on the benefits of wheelchair tennis and advocate for people with physical disabilities.

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TESTIMONIALS

What People Say About Us

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When I first started playing tennis 25 years ago, I immediately knew that my life was going to be okay despite my MS diagnosis. The friends I've made on the tennis court have given me the courage to live my life to the fullest.

Eric Pierce

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OUR HISTORY

Why We Do What We Do

Wheel Serve NC was created because we recognized the need for more wheelchair tennis programs in our state. After years of a successful and sustainable tennis program in Charlotte, we realized that others across the state deserved this same opportunity. With that in mind and the support of USTA NC, we worked with the Western Wake Tennis Association in Cary in their pursuit to develop a wheelchair tennis program at the Cary Tennis Park. We are thrilled to see their passion and commitment as they foster a successful program. This one spark lit a path for our other programs to become a reality. We want all players to know that whether they are a beginner or an elite athlete that they are welcome and that so much good will come from taking the leap and trying wheelchair tennis.

BENEFITS OF WHEELCHAIR TENNIS

Why it's Worth It

Wheel Serve NC strives to educate not only players, but also the community on the many benefits of wheelchair tennis. The benefits are not limited to just the individual player, but to anyone who volunteers or just witnesses what is happening on that tennis court. The satisfaction received as a player may be different than the ones received as a volunteer, but both are life-changing. As a player you are able to improve your self-confidence through personal achievement as well as gaining motivation and a support network. As a volunteer, your horizons are expanded by your interactions with people with a physical disability. Our hope is that tennis is a conduit for bridging relationships between the disabled and able-boded community and that through sport we gain a new perspective of each other.

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   PHYSICAL

Body Positivity

Cardiovascular Health
Upper Body Strength
Mobility
Core Strength
Fine Motor Skills

WELLNESS

Mind-Body Connection

Self-Confidence
Personal Achievement
Independence
Hopefuleness
Change in Perception of Disability

SOCIALIZATION

Building a Community

Peer Network
Mentorship
Community Resources
Fun

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Who Makes it Happen

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KELLY FLOUHOUSE

Co-Executive Director

Kelly Flouhouse is an enthusiastic wheelchair tennis player.  She came to the sport after a diving accident resulted in her becoming a quadriplegic. Prior to her injury, she worked in the mental health field and was pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology. Kelly has since become a spinal cord injury advocate and educator at Carolinas Rehabilitation. In addition to being the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Wheel Serve NC, she is also the volunteer Program Co-Coordinator of Wheel Serve Charlotte. Kelly also serves on the USTA NC Adaptive Tennis Committee and is the Chair of the USTA NC Wheelchair Tennis Subcommittee. She lives in Charlotte, NC where when she's not playing tennis, she enjoys sitting in the sun reading a good book.

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HELEN LEONARD

Co-Executive Director

Helen has been an avid recreational tennis player since the young age of ten years old. Relocating several times throughout the southeast, tennis has been her one constant, forging impactful friendships on and off the court. Helen served as a volunteer for the Adaptive Sports and Recreational Program in Charlotte, NC for 10 years. Helen and her family are the founders of the Strokes for Spokes Charity Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, raising over $100,000 in the past 8 years benefiting wheelchair tennis for the Adaptive Sports and Recreational Program. She currently is the volunteer Program Co-Coordinator for Wheel Serve Charlotte. As the Co-Executive Director of Wheel Serve NC, Helen is able to share her love for the game with players of all abilities. She also currently serves on the USTA NC Adaptive Tennis Committee, is a member of the USTA NC Wheelchair Tennis Subcommittee as well as a member of the USTA Southern Wheelchair Committee. Helen resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband Bill, two daughters, Molly and Megan and their dog, Wilma.

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CANDY PEGRAM

President

Candy Pegram started playing tennis in her early thirties as a way to help her live a healthier life.  Tennis soon became an obsession and through the years opportunities arose that allowed her to work in the tennis industry. These days she is the community, junior, program, and wheelchair coordinator for the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association. She specializes in channeling adult beginners through USTA NC's Try Tennis Adult Pathway and guiding these players all the way into USTA leagues. She is Level 2 certified through the Professional Tennis Registry and has a Tennis Performance Training certification through the International Tennis Performance Association. Her tennis philosophy is the same whether it is a junior, adult, senior, or wheelchair beginner--if you allow the player to have fun, they will return to the court over and over again.

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DIANE DUMAIS

Secretary

Diane has been an active volunteer with wheelchair tennis in Charlotte for several years, initially with the Adaptive Sports and Adventure Program (ASAP) and now with Wheel Serve NC.  Her background is in Physical Therapy where she worked in both physical rehabilitation and orthopedic settings.  She has since retired from the profession, but continues to have a passion for maximizing the physical capabilities of all players. Diane plays on several tennis teams in Charlotte. She loves the sport for many reasons, but especially for the friendships developed on the court. Her vision is to expand the scope of tennis in North Carolina to include more opportunities for everyday players and wheelchair athletes to experience the fun of playing together. Diane enjoys hiking, reading, tutoring literacy, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and their three sons.

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MICHELLE HUNTER

Treasurer

Michelle began playing tennis in 2016 and very quickly became involved with wheelchair tennis while playing with her husband Kelly at Dilworth Elementary in Charlotte, NC. As a beginner in the sport, she became interested in expanding opportunities for wheelchair players to play in leagues and recreational formats on a regular basis. Through the Lake Norman Tennis Association, Michelle organized an Adaptive/Wheelchair Tennis League and introduced the Serve Aces Mini Tennis League to wheelchair players. Michelle is an experienced volunteer and former CPA specializing in Derivative Accounting. She is a graduate (1992) of The College of William & Mary with a BBA, Concentration in Accounting along with her husband, Kelly (1990), who was the captain of the men's tennis team. Michelle and Kelly enjoy playing in husband-wife and mixed doubles tournaments. She resides in Williamsburg, VA with her husband Kelly and their 2 daughters, Mirabella and Milena.

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SHANE MOUBRY

Board Member

Shane Moubry has been the lead volunteer and on-court facilitator for Wheel Serve Sandhills since its creation in 2021. Tennis has been a life-long sport, growing up in the Pinehurst area, he started playing tennis at the age of 6 and continued at Barton College (a.k.a. Atlantic Christian College) and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shane earned a teaching certificate through USPTR while living in Hilton Head. Upon returning to Pinehurst, he joined his family business in addition to getting married and starting a family. Shane and his wife have twin sons and one daughter. He enjoys volunteering in his community, his daughter’s school, and church. Shane enjoys playing tennis, golf, travel and spending time with his family at the coast.

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SANDRA HOLUB

Board Member

Tennis has been a part of Sandy’s life for over 40 years. Most recently, as an adaptive sport after her catastrophic injury in 2021 resulted in quadriplegia. Recently retired from Albemarle Corporation, where with a passion for philanthropy and bettering her communities, she ran the Albemarle Foundation and Albemarle Care Fund.  With experience on many nonprofit boards, she is excited to play a role in the growth of Wheel Serve NC and wheelchair tennis.  There is such joy, freedom and camaraderie on the court!   Sandy resides in Huntersville, North Carolina in an amazing multi generational home. She has four children, currently three grandchildren and a wonderful family who are her world.

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LAURA WEYGANDT

Past President/Non-voting Member

Laura Weygandt started playing tennis at age 41 and quickly learned the physical and social benefits as well as learning how tennis can be used as a vehicle for good in a community and how inclusive the sport can be.  Laura started working with Western Wake Tennis Association in 2010 in various capacities to start but now serves as the Executive Director.  Much of the work she does in managing the CTA is outreach, including helping with the creation and acting as the Program Coordinator for Wheel Serve Cary. Laura also serves on various state, section and national committees to help grow the sport and support the sport and participants.

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PLAYER ADVISORY COUNCIL

Who Knows Best

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ERIC PIERCE

WS Charlotte

Eric Pierce was an equipment engineer in Research and Development with IBM in New York until diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 32 years old. He was a board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Programs and Services Committee as well as on the Board of Directors for his local Independent Living Center in New York. He is currently a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP). Eric was featured in a video that shares his life with Multiple Sclerosis at https://youtu.be/NNHv-j9z5ao. He plays tennis weekly for Wheel Serve Charlotte and serves as the equipment manager for the organization as well as being a member of the WSNC Player Advisory Council. He has a passion for volunteerism, mentorship and his 5 grandchildren. Eric currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

AARON WILCOX

WS Wilmington

Aaron is the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Wilmington and has been a faculty member there in Ceramics for the past 25 years. He is a graduate of UNC Greensboro (BA/MA), Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI (MFA), and UNC Wilmington (MBA). Aaron has a rare adult-onset form of muscular dystrophy and started using a wheelchair on March 24, 2023. One week later, on March 31, he went to his first Wheel Serve Wilmington tennis clinic, led by the incredible program coordinator, Candy Pegram and has been playing several days a week ever since. His ability to play tennis with his family and friends has opened doors that he did not think possible. Aaron has experienced the added benefit, now that he is feeling better, not in pain, and has an incredible amount of energy, he is able to get back into the ceramics studio and continue a lifelong love of making and creativity.

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CHRISTIAN FELKL

WS Cary

Christian works at Fidelity Investments in RTP as a scrum master. Wheelchair tennis has been a life-long sport, beginning to play as a child after moving to North Carolina from Vermont. Christian joined the Wheel Serve Cary program where he enjoys both recreational and competitive opportunities in addition to participating in Wheel Serve NC events. He is also a member of the WSNC Player Advisory Council. Christian resides in Youngsville, NC where he enjoys fishing, target shooting and sled hockey.

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