Buddy Up for Life provides many fun, rewarding, and purposeful ways to give back to the community. Whether on the courts, in the gym, or in the classroom, use your love for helping others to make an impact on our Athletes!
Our volunteers– we call them Buddies– are the nucleus of our programs! We are always looking for more Buddies for each of our chapters to encourage, engage, and empower our Athletes to reach their fullest potential. In each of the programs, no prior experience is needed. The most important qualities are a positive attitude, patience, and a willingness to help. 


Volunteers ages 14+ are welcome to participate in our Programs:

Buddy Up Tennis teaches all aspects of the tennis game and incorporates fitness conditioning for our Athletes, who are paired 1:1 with our Buddies. Clinics are 90 minutes and held weekly. No tennis experience needed.
Buddy Up Fitness  is a weekly, hour long full body HIIT workout. No fitness experience needed. 
Buddy Up Summer Camp is week long half day camp comprised of fitness, tennis, and exposes new activities to our Athletes, who are paired 1:1 with our Buddies.
Buddy Up Life Skills is a series of skill based and leveled classes designed to foster increased independence in our Athletes. (Currently in Columbus, OH only)
Buddy Up Connections  allows Athletes and Buddies to make new friends and connect once a week for 10 weeks.

How to Register:

Becoming a Buddy is a simple 4-step process:

1.  Locate

Find a Chapter and program 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 Chapter Coordinator (their contact information can be found on the respective location page).

NOTE: You must be able to list one professional reference and one community reference in order to complete your application.

3.  Background Check

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. Upon completion, Buddies will receive a Buddy Up for Life “Buddy” Team T-shirt in exchange for the fee. 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 Chapter Coordinator will send you a confirmation email, and training information for you to review prior to volunteering with our Athletes for the first time. After that, we will look forward to seeing you on the courts, in te gym, or in the classroom!