Buddy Up Tennis provides a fun, rewarding, and purposeful way to give back to the community. Use your love of the game to make an impact on our Athletes!



Buddy Up Tennis provides a fun, rewarding, and purposeful way to give back to the community!
Our volunteers – we call them Buddies – are the nucleus of our program!  We are always looking for more Buddies for each of our locations to encourage, empower, and engage our Athletes.  The most important qualities are to have a positive attitude, display energy and enthusiasm, demonstrate patience and be willing to help.  No tennis or fitness skills are required.  


Each Athlete (a Buddy Up Tennis participant with Down syndrome) is partnered with a Buddy who provides encouragement, coaching, and support throughout our near-weekly tennis, fitness clinics and summer camps. Buddy Up Tennis is constantly searching for individuals who want to make a positive personal impact while serving as a great role model to our Athletes. Our Buddies range from siblings and friends of the Athletes, to high school, and college students or adults with a wide range of professional backgrounds.
Buddies participate on a regular basis. Buddies enjoy building and fostering new relationships with our Athletes, while also gaining a unique and rewarding perspective on life.

How to Sign Up:

Becoming a Buddy is a simple 4-step process:

1.  Locate

See where our program is located near you.

2.  Apply

Complete our online Application Form. On the form, be sure to indicate which program(s) you are interested in volunteering for. If you have any questions while completing this form, don’t hesitate to reach out to your location coordinator (their contact information can be found on the respective location page). NOTE: You must be able to list one educational/professional reference and one community reference in order to complete your application.

3.  Background

The safety of our participants is of utmost importance to our organization. For this reason, we ask that all incoming volunteer Buddies over the age of 18 complete a basic background check. The process takes about 10 minutes to complete and a $20 fee will be charged to submit your background check application. Results are usually returned to us within 3 to 10 business days.

4.  Get Ready

Once we receive and approve the results of your background check, your Location Coordinator will send you a confirmation and welcome email with specific program details.  Your Location Coordinator will then share the Sign Up Genius link so you can register for the specific program dates you are able to attend. We look forward to seeing you!