About Buddy Up Tennis

Buddy Up Tennis is a high-energy, adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and young adults with Down syndrome. We provide fun and rewarding 90-minute clinics on a weekly basis.

Already serving over 500 individuals with Down syndrome with the support of over 700 volunteers and 60 coaches, Buddy Up Tennis is implementing plans to continue growing in many other cities and states.  Buddy Up Tennis is an Ohio non-profit corporation with a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization status, and relies on charitable contributions for funding.

Vision & Mission

Buddy Up Tennis exists to serve individuals with Down syndrome in an enjoyable and supportive environment, by providing an opportunity to learn and play tennis, in order to impact athletic, social, and emotional development.

Buddy Up Tennis provides an enjoyable supportive environment where Athletes can learn to play tennis while engaging in activities in order to improve their athletic, social and emotional development with one on one attention from their Buddies. Athletes belong to a team, have the opportunity to progress throughout the program, foster friendships, build confidence, and so much more.  These are life skills that are valuable both on and off the courts.

How Buddy Up Tennis Began

Buddy Up Tennis began in the summer of 2008.  Beth Gibson, Founder & Director of Buddy Up, has a son named Will who has Down syndrome.  When Will was only 3 years old, Beth would take him to a Tennis & Fitness Club with her and her older son, while they played tennis.

Will was always fascinated with tennis.  Staff members soon volunteered to teach tennis to Will, and researched techniques for teaching children with Down syndrome in order to do so.  As a result of this research, the need was identified for an organized tennis and fitness program for individuals with Down syndrome.

The rest is history!  The first Buddy Up Tennis clinic was held in December 2008.  And it has been growing rapidly ever since.