The South Shore YMCA Lob-Stars Tennis Team provides an inclusive tennis program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, with a focus on the strengths and abilities of each individual athlete. The Lob-Stars program has been running for 22 years at the Emilson YMCA in Hanover, MA. The program ensures all athletes are welcomed and there is no limit to the number of athletes who can participate. Currently, the participating athletes are between the ages of 14 to late 60s, and range from beginners to advanced, (1.0-3.5).

New! Junior Lob-Stars Tennis Team

New in Fall 2023. The South Shore YMCA is proud to introduce the Junior Lob-Stars Tennis Team, an inclusive and empowering program for players aged 7 to 16 with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Players will enjoy weekly hour-long sessions with professional coaches and members of the Sr. Lob Stars that encourage individual growth and skill development. No experience is required. Equipment is provided to those who need it.

To register for the Junior Lob-Stars, visit

Award Winning Inclusive & Adaptive Program

The Lob-Stars althletes, coaches and volunteers were celebrated at the 2019 United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) National Convention in New York City with the organization’s prestigious 2019 USTA National Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award. The USTA annually bestows this recognition upon a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for an adaptive tennis community.

Support or join the team!

To learn more about how to support or participate in the Lob-Stars team and program, contact Bob Carroll, Senior Tennis Director, at or 781-829-8585 ext. 8229.

Laura's Love Memorial Event

Each Spring, the South Shore YMCA’s Laura’s Love Memorial Tennis Event is a fun community tournament held to raise funds that directly benefit inclusive programming at the Emilson YMCA in Hanover. The tournament is held in memory of Laura Emilson-Riekert, whose passion for the Y’s kids and inclusion programs has helped inspired countless kids and families in our community. The annual Laura’s Love Memorial Event includes a unified tournament, a mixed doubles tournament, and a social gathering. The event’s athletes will all be invited to join the fun and mingle with the crowd to talk about how the program, and Laura, changed their lives. Laura’s Love Memorial Event