Our Mission

We exist to serve individuals with Down syndrome by providing a fun, active, and supportive environment for our Athletes to grow both physically and personally by engaging in activities that impact athletic, social, and emotional development.

OUR MISSION

We exist to serve individuals with Down syndrome by providing a fun, active, and supportive environment for our Athletes to grow both physically and personally by engaging in activities that impact athletic, social, and emotional development.

Core Values

POSITIVE CHANGE

We change lives.

We impact lives by inspiring and empowering our Athletes to strive to reach their personal best; physically, socially and emotionally. Buddy Up Tennis is designed so that each of our Athletes has the opportunity to evolve and progress throughout various program levels to reach their fullest potential.

LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT

We are a learning organization.

We strive to enhance our Athlete experience through discovery, reflection, feedback, and research. By engaging with our key stakeholders, we are constantly learning how to best serve everyone involved in our organization, and our programs continually evolve to adapt to and serve these needs.

RELATIONSHIPS

We establish, cultivate, and nurture meaningful connections with our Athletes.

Our foundation is built upon the mutually meaningful relationships formed between Athletes and their Buddy counterparts. With every program we offer, each Athlete is paired with a Buddy volunteer on a 1:1 ratio, allowing volunteers to know, understand, and connect with their Athlete on a personal basis. In all of our interactions, we treat Athletes, Buddies, Coaches, families, and others within the Buddy Up Tennis organization with compassion, empathy, dignity, and respect.

THE GOLD STANDARD

We strive to set the standard for organizations seeking to empower individuals with Down syndrome.

Over the past decade, we have developed a robust operational guide consisting of detailed and thorough protocols as well as training programs tailored to athletes with Down syndrome, and how to coach such athletes. We have developed infrastructure to support healthy and intentional geographic expansion, helping each of our locations operate with sound financial understanding and best practices. Furthermore, we provide accurate and timely reports of activities and lessons learned to stakeholders.

UNITY

We are one team with a shared mission.

Buddy Up Tennis is a movement, strengthened through collaboration, positivity, and transparency whereby every action and decision influences and impacts everyone associated with the program. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and every action taken and decision made is guided by our shared goals and mission statement.