Pictured above: Buddy Up for Life founders, the Gibson family (L-R, Rick, Will, and Beth) with coach Doug DiRosario, all of New Albany, Ohio. Their Buddy Up Tennis program for individuals with Down syndrome was founded in 2008 and won the Adaptive Award in 2016. Currently, there are 25 Buddy Up Tennis programs active nationwide.
USTA Semiannual Meeting & Conference
The USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award was established in 2003 to recognize either an individual or a program that has demonstrated excellence, dedication, and service related to tennis for an Adaptive Tennis community.
Any program that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
To qualify for a program award, the program must have been in existence for a minimum of three consecutive years and be a registered USTA Adaptive Tennis program.ADVERTISEMENT
• Anyone is eligible to nominate an adaptive tennis program for this award.
• Additional supporting documentation demonstrating the nominee’s contributions pertaining to the award may be submitted.
• The selection committee is comprised of a panel of USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee members and national staff who work with adaptive tennis.
Nomination forms are usually available in March with an April deadline for submitting.
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
10000 USTA Blvd,
Orlando, FL 32827
Established in 2003, the award recognizes a program or program leader that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedicated and service in tennis for special populations.
2003 Eunice Kennedy Shriver
2004 Janet Lefkowitz
2005 Diana Love
2006 Professional Tennis Registry
2007 Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund
2008 Handi-Racket Tennis
2009 Special Populations
2012 Omaha Tennis Buddies
2013 Omaha Tennis Buddies
2014 ACEing Autism