Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (August 3, 2010) – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) announced today that the Special Care’s Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp will kick off its 20th year on Monday, August 9, 2010 at St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

The adaptive sports camp is the only one of its kind in New England and is offered free-of-charge to children living with physical disabilities between the ages of 7 and 18.

The camp will take place from Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 13 this year. Instruction in sports such as tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer and track & field is offered by experienced coaches and athletes also living with physical disabilities. The camp provides role models for children living with physical disabilities, the opportunity to build self-esteem, life-long friendshipsand the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Janeace Slifka, the mother of a child living with a physical disability, developed and coordinated the first camp in 1991, with the help and support of tennis legend Ivan Lendl. The camp attracts campers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont, with more than 30 campers signing up last year.

HSC has been the managing sponsor of the camp since 1996, with other generous sponsors including The Tolland Fund. The Tolland Fund has exhibited ongoing commitment to the pursuit of athletic accomplishment for all of HSC’s young athletes.

Ivan Lendl will be on-site at the camp to meet and participate with this year’s campers. Lendl is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player. He was one of the game’s most dominant players in the 1980s and remained a top competitor into the early 1990s. Lendl captured eight Grand Slam singles titles and competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals.

For more information about HSC’s Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp, please call (860) 832-6220, or visit

About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury. Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. Please visit for more information.