Borendame partners with Buddy Up Tennis

Head Coach reaches out to those with Down syndrome

June 2, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head men's tennis coach Jimmy Borendame has taken his time to reach out to the community this spring by participating in the Buddy Up Tennis program in Murfreesboro/Nashville.

The weekly 90-minute program focuses on adaptive tennis, fitness and fun for adults and children with Down syndrome. Coach Borendame and other volunteers in the community help mentor and educate adults and children with Down syndrome.

"This program has been extremely rewarding for me as a person and a coach," Borendame said. "I have seen the athletes improve and fall in love with tennis."

Each week these individuals learn a new task in tennis, while helping them engage in a fun physical activity. For Coach Borendame, the group has helped him learn more about the everyday battles with Down syndrome.

"I have learned a lot from these athletes," noted Borendame. "I leave each clinic with 20-30 hugs and I can see the appreciation all over the faces of their parents. I enjoy being part of this program and want to continue to be part of its growth and development in our community."

To find out more information about Buddy Up Tennis or to volunteer, visit www.buddyuptennis.com.

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