Gianluca wants YOU to help kids play tennis!

Swing Into Spring: A Tennis fundraiser for Buddy Up Tennis

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Most people watch a feel good sports story and think, "Wow, that's wonderful!" and leave it at that. But not 8th grader Gianluca Audia. 

“I was watching a match between Novak Djokovic and Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott during a charity event ahead of the 2017 Australian Open. They were both playing wheelchair tennis and Djokovic was struggling mightily. It made me think about how much I like to play tennis and that everyone – including kids with disabilities – should get to enjoy tennis too. I decided I wanted to help make that happen."

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And boy has he! 

He has organized SWING INTO SPRING: a tennis round robin event in support of Buddy Up Tennis, which provides weekly tennis clinics for kids with Down syndrome. To get everything organized he's joined forces with Liz Gray at Positive Tracks – an organization that helps young people sweat for good. Positive Tracks’ Challenges Program is doubling the dollars raised by all participants up to $1,000!

Swing Into Spring is a fun morning of tennis and prizes.  Andrew Gunberg, RVC Tennis Director, will run the round robin and contests like “Return the Pro’s Serve.” 

Gianluca has worked hard asking for, and receiving, amazing community support from Lou’s, Boloco, Skinny Pancake, ARC Mechanical, Wilson Tire, and Zermatt Legal Group. In addition, IMG Academy has donated a full week long youth sports camp certificate to the cause (a $2800 Value!)

Even if you don't play, or aren't able to get a spot, you can still support Gianluca's efforts by donating at SWING INTO SPRING.

DATE: Sunday April 8, 2018

TIME: 9am-noon

LOCATION: River Valley Club, Lebanon, NH 

  • Join the raffle to win prizes, including a brand new tennis racket, tennis accessories, spa gift cards, local restaurant gift certificates and museum, UVAC and cinema passes.  
  • Enjoy morning treats donated by Lou’s Bakery and lunch donated by Boloco.
  • Learn more about Buddy Up Tennis and the good work they do getting kids with Down syndrome onto the courts to enjoy tennis. 

Register soon at SWING INTO SPRING as player spots are limited to 32 (2 round robin sessions of 16 players).

All registration fees and donations go directly to Buddy Up Tennis and Positive Tracks will match up to $1000 in donated funds.

Comments 2

  • admin · 6 months ago  · Report
    JDH, please contact Beth Gibson of Buddy Up Tennis about starting a local program. Her email and phone can be found on the webpage.
  • JDH · 7 months ago  · Report
    I don't see where there is a Buddy Up Tennis program ANYWHERE locally? Being a mother of a child with Down syndrome this would be an outstanding opportunity if it were available anywhere near the Upper Valley. The closest program looks to be in Pennsylvania, too bad funds to be raised won't benefit a program for disabled kids and young adults locally.
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