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Painting the World Blue

The American Tennis Association is proud to once again partner with Love Serving Autism.  Celebrating Autism Awareness, we are Painting the World Blue by presenting THREE free webinars.



Love Serving Autism's mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with autism through the sport of tennis.




FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

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Lisa Pugliese

Lisa is a USPTA and PTR Elite Certified Tennis Professional and a Speech-Language Pathologist in the field of autism. For 18 years, Lisa has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.  A former collegiate tennis player at Duke University and the University of Florida followed by WTA tournaments, Lisa enjoys combining her tennis experience and speech therapy background to teach the sport to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In 2017, Lisa was  inspired to be able to develop her own non-profit, Love Serving Autism


Robin Jones

Robin Jones earned a Bachelor's Degree from The University of Miami in Psychology, an MS from Nova Southeastern University in Exceptional Student Education, and a Masters of Education from Lynn University in Educational Leadership. Robin has served as a Law Enforcement Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections as well as Broward Sheriff’s Office. Robin is currently the Outreach Specialist for FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities where she leads the initiative to raise awareness and address the issues associated with African American Under-Representation in Autism


Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D. is the founder of the nonprofit Different Brains® Inc. and He is also an author, filmmaker, retired orthopedic surgeon, former professional heavyweight boxer, the past chairman and president (and current board member) of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and a neurodiversity advocate. However, it was his role as a father that led to his dedication to speaking out for the differences in our brains.


Charrisha is an alumna of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) where she
started tennis at the age of 4. Through that program, she was able to attend ATA when it was in
various places like Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, San Diego, and more. She won the ATA Girls 10
Singles Finals in 2002. She is passionate about tennis and the diversity of the sport. Now that she lives in Sacramento, CA, she is able to use her resources with USTA to not
only assist her more privileged clients but to expose other organizations like WTEF to tennis as well.
During her downtime, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and servicing the community with
her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She also enjoys raising awareness for Black tennis
through her Instagram page, @LoveinTenns.



Watch Lisa on YouTube

Love Serving Autism Facebook Page

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