LET’S CONNECT

Join the FUN! 

SUMMER Session: May 31-August 2

Buddy Up CONNECTIONS

The Buddy Up Connections Program is providing opportunities for Athletes and Buddies to build upon existing friendships off the courts and outside of the gym. These 1:1 connections meet weekly throughout a session of 10 weeks. As relationships strengthen, many pairs continue to meet on an ongoing basis. 

“Buddy Up Connections created an unique opportunity for my son to connect with a new peer, create and build a friendship, and share fun teenage activities.”
~Columbus Athlete Parent

Location & Contact

Location

You pick! Hybrid-Virtual and In Person. 

Contact Information

Connections@buforlife.org

For questions or further inquires, please contact your local Connections Facilitator via email.

Schedule

Program Meeting

Paired Athletes and Buddies meet weekly.

 

Summer Session

May 31-

August 2

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Athletes will build relationships with their Buddies through natural, ongoing, socialization.

FITNESS

Athletes and Buddies will be given a variety of tennis and fitness drills and exercises to work on, together! 

ACTIVITY

Athletes will be introduced to a variety of themes through different types of activities that will allow them to explore new interests and talents.

COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT

Athletes will improve their soft communication skills through ongoing guided prompting and facilitation by the Buddies.

ATHLETE

OUTCOMES

Foster a Peer Friendship
Increase Socialization Skills
Gain Confidence
Try New Activities
Strengthen Core
Have FUN

COMMITMENT

Meet once a week for 60-90 minutes (just like Buddy Up For Life) for 10 weeks virtually or in-person with the Buddy. NEW Buddies must attend a Buddy Boot Camp training session led by experts. All Buddies will be expected to join a Beginning of the Session Meeting and track their completion of activities/meetings, weekly.

BUDDY

OUTCOMES

Grow Personally
Enhance Leadership Skills
Connect and Give Back
Make a Difference
Be a Role Model
Have FUN

COMMITMENT

Meet once a week for 60-90 minutes (just like Buddy Up Tennis or Fitness) for 10 weeks virtually or in-person with the Buddy. All Athlete Families will be expected to join a Beginning of the Session Meeting.

WHAT’S INVOLVED

Each meeting between Athlete and Buddy may involve: Tennis and Fitness, Communication Development, and Themed Activity Library. Robust activity library includes virtual field trips, in person field trips, educational opportunities, arts and crafts, hands on learning, music, dance, and more-all within the weekly theme! 

10 Week Summer Session:
May 31 – August 2
YOU choose the time & the place!

Buddies: Ages 14+
Athletes: Ages 10+ rec.

Athletes and Buddies will create their own SUMMER BUCKET LIST to complete together!

Activity Themes to Choose From Include:

  • Science FUN
  • Service 
  • Summer Experiences
  • Sports 
  • Wild about Animals
  • Lights, Camera, Action! 
  • Around the World
  • Space Exploration
  • Time Travel 
  • and MORE!

 

WHAT ATHLETE’S
PARENTS HAD TO SAY

“Buddy Up Connections gave the Athletes an opportunity to work on social skills and have fun during this challenging time.”

My daughter really looked forward to the FaceTime calls with her Buddy!
~ Grand Rapids Parent 

Buddy Up Connections helped my Athlete with social skills, friendship and allowed her to learn new activities and skills.
~ Orlando Parent 

Buddy Up Connections gave my Athlete something to look forward to each week.
~Columbus Parent 

This was a nice opportunity to practice interacting with a peer and try new things for my son.
~ Arlington Heights Parent 

The benefit of forming a relationship with the Buddy and having the social interaction this summer was extremely valuable at a time when so much social contact has been cut off. Buddy Up Connections was a huge part of my daughter’s summer.
~ Columbus Parent