I am very grateful for Buddy Up Tennis. It’s teaching our children all kinds of skills not just related to tennis. They’re interacting with other people and making new friendships, following directions and gaining confidence because everything is broken down into small steps. They’re also getting exercise and having fun in a non-competitive environment. My boys have come a long way and have improved in tennis skills and behavior both on and off the court! I also enjoy getting a break during clinics where I can spend the time reading, working on something or hanging out with other moms. The continual enthusiasm and passion of the leaders of Buddy Up Tennis is impressive!

- Tracey, Parent, Columbus, OH

I love Buddy Up Tennis and seeing the Athletes grow in their tennis skills and increase in their willingness to participate. By far, the most rewarding part of Buddy Up Tennis for me is the smiles of the shy participants who warm up to the group and glow with pride as they accomplish new feats and participate in the group activities. I really think it’s about the growth and development physically and mentally for both the Athletes and the Buddies.

- Anna, Buddy, Grand Rapids, MI

When I first started working with Buddy Up Tennis 3 years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Each and every day we see kids come in and out of the club, some happy, some tired, some wanting to be there, some not. However, come Saturday mornings with the Buddy Up Athletes, without fail, something occurs that can make your entire week change – for the better! From the sincerest hugs and thanks that you have ever experienced to awestruck joy at the accomplishment of a good forehand or backhand. The pure elation and joy displayed and shared among Athletes, Buddies and Coaches is without a doubt one of the greatest feelings to experience in the world. To have the privilege of being a part of this program is one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life thus far and I truly believe and pray that the blessings Buddy Up Tennis provides will continue to spread and flourish for years to come.

- Kyle, Coach, Columbus, OH

Buddy Up Tennis is solely funded by associations, donors, and individuals. Give a financial gift today and help us fulfill the mission of impacting as many lives as possible!


Buddy Up began when I was inspired by my 3-year-old son, Will, who has Down syndrome and a passion to play tennis. He has always been determined to learn, never give up and strive to get to the next level. Hence our tagline, “Where there is a WILL, there is a way.” We launched Buddy Up Tennis to be specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with Down syndrome, and with the ultimate goal of having fun!

Buddy Up Tennis is an Ohio non-profit corporation with a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization status and relies on charitable contribution for most of its funding.  We help assist athletes both in our community and nationwide. Athletes are assessed a participation fee to help with our operating expenses, however donations and corporate sponsorships help ensure that all of our athletes can participate regardless of financial status.

Together, we can make the reach and impact of this program unstoppable!

Where there's A WILL, there's a Way!

Beth A. Gibson, Founder & Director of Buddy Up Tennis