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Buddy Up Tennis

November 16th -November 28th

Buddy Up Tennis began in the summer of 2008 when Beth Gibson, Founder and President of Buddy Up Tennis, would take her then 3-year old son Will to Wickertree Tennis & Fitness Club while she and her older son Keegan played tennis.
Will has Down syndrome, and even at 3 years old, was fascinated by the sport of tennis. Noticing his enthusiasm, Coach Doug DiRosario and Stephanie Anderson, two staff members at the tennis club, volunteered to teach tennis to Will. To help Will learn, they researched techniques for teaching tennis to children with Down syndrome. As a result of the research, Beth, Doug and Stephanie realized that there was a void as well as a need for organized tennis and fitness programs for individuals with Down syndrome. Together, they took the initiative to change this.

 

Beginning with simple activities such as popping bubbles or hitting balloons in order to build hand-eye coordination, they eventually developed a comprehensive curriculum to teach tennis and fitness to individuals with Down syndrome. The first Buddy Up Tennis clinic was held in December 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. In the decade following, Buddy Up Tennis has spread to dozens of cities across the country, has been featured at multiple ATP Pro Circuit Tournaments including the US Open, and was recognized by the United States Tennis Association as the Adaptive Program of the Year in 2016.

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Cassie

Cassie

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School: Cassie is finished with school. She graduated from Olentangy High school.

Buddy Up Programs: Cassie has attended Tennis, Zumba, Fitness, Summer Camp, and First Aid/Babysitting.

Other Activities: Cassie is currently working on making card kits and educational materials for kids. She is a video game whiz, and loves making crafts, drawing, and coloring. When the pandemic is over, she’s hoping to help as a teacher’s aide or babysitter.

Fun Fact: Cassie can play the piano completely by ear. She can even figure out chords and transpose music into different keys. She played her first song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, by kicking out the tune on her crib piano.

Kathy

Kathy

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I am 20 years old and go to North Dallas High School. I started with Buddy Up Tennis in 2019. I attended Zumba, Kickboxing, Buddy Up Connection and Taste of Improv. I am interested in singing, dancing, drawing, painting, cooking, reading, crafts, watching YouTube and hanging out with friends. A fun fact about me: I like to tell jokes and make people laugh.

Susan

Susan

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She is a very successful 2010 Homeschool High School graduate.

Susan started with Buddy Up Tennis in early 2010.  Now she enjoys participating in Buddy Up Tennis, Fitness, Zumba, Summer Camp and Connections.

Susan has been gainfully employed in her first tax-paying job for 12 years now, working in retail.  She has full benefits in her own name.

Susan loves to read, paint, knit, swim, read music, play piano & guitar and play board games with her Friend and participate in everything Buddy Up!

A fun fact about Susan is that, when she was much younger, she won a blue ribbon in an individual swim event at a Special Olympics Meet while holding her breath the entire length of the pool!

Ellie

Ellie

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Year she started with Buddy Up: 2018

What programs she attends with Buddy Up: BU Tennis, BU Fitness, BU Kickboxing, BU Zumba, BU Connections

Other activities she is interested in (hobbies, work, etc.): Skiing, gardening, music, dancing, swimming, snorkeling, painting, playing piano and drums!

A fun fact about her: Ellie has two belly buttons!

Alex

Alex

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My name is Alex Chebli and I am 15 years old. I go to Sarasota Christian School. I started with Buddy Up in 2014. With Buddy Up, I have attended the Buddy Up Summer Pals and Fundraisers/Events with Buddy Up. I love playing tennis, listening to music, I love reading, and traveling (especially to tennis tournaments). A fun fact about me is that I used to live in Seattle, Washington!