When Nick Bollettieri talks tennis, people listen.

Buddy Up Tennis held its fifth-annual “Tennis with the Stars, Where our Athletes Shine” fundraising event April 26 at Bath and Racquet Club. According to the organization’s website, its goal is to “serve individuals with Down syndrome by providing a fun, active, and supportive environment for our athletes to grow both physically and personally by engaging in activities that impact athletic, social, and emotional development.”

Bollettieri spoke to the crowd prior to the event, encouraging people to help one another and advising Buddy Up’s athletes to keep trying in the face of failure. Bollettieri put his words into practice, offering private lessons as an item in the event’s silent auction.  Read the full article HERE.