Xavier Tennis Teams Participate In Buddy Up Program

Xavier women's tennis' Kally Alkire encourages a participant in the Buddy Up program.

Xavier women's tennis' Kally Alkire encourages a participant in the Buddy Up program.

Dec. 14, 2011

CINCINNATI -- On Saturday, December 3, the Xavier men's and women's tennis teams participated in the Buddy Up Tennis, Fitness and Fun program held at the Club at Harpers' Point.

The Buddy Up program began in Columbus, Ohio in the Spring of 2009 and has now expanded into the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati areas. The 90-minute high energy program focuses on adaptive tennis, fitness and fun for children and adults with Down Syndrome.

"I'd like to thank Scott Osterfeld from the Greater Cincinnati Down Syndrome chapter, Lisa Arnold Buddy Up Cincinnati Area coordinator, and especially Katie Contardi from the Club at Harpers' Point for giving our teams the opportunity to serve in this wonderful program," said XU tennis coach Eric Toth. "Our kids had a great time interacting with the Down Syndrome athletes and really had an enjoyable experience. This is a highly organized program with great structure and a strong volunteer base. I would highly recommend anybody with an interest in serving others to get involved with this program. Buddy Up Tennis is something I hope our teams can stay involved with in the future."

The Xavier men's tennis team will begin the 2012 dual match season January 18 at Ohio State while the XU women will begin play January 21 at Miami (Ohio).

For more information on XU tennis visit www.GoXavier.com. To learn more about the Buddy Up Tennis program visit www.BuddyUpTennis.com.