Buddy Up For Life, Inc.

Where there is a Will, there is a Way ®

aka Buddy Up For Life   |   New Albany, OH   |  buddyupforlife.org

Mission

We exist 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.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Beth Gibson

Main address

3989 Farber Court

New Albany, OH 43054 USA

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EIN

27-0789426

NTEE code info

Down Syndrome (G25)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Buddy Up For Life, Inc.

Buddy Up For Life strives to impact lives by cultivating increased independence, promoting greater health and wellness and fostering meaningful friendships for all individuals with Down syndrome through our programs including:
Buddy Up Tennis - a weekly, high-energy adaptive tennis and fitness program for children and adults with Down syndrome beginning as early as 5 years old.
Buddy Up Fitness - a full body circuit workout program designed for our Athletes ages 12 and over.
Buddy Up Summer Camp - a week-long experience full of opportunities for our Athletes ages 10 and over to learn, grow and explore through athletic, STEM and therapeutic programming.
Buddy Up Connections - provides a weekly opportunity for Athletes and Buddies to meet one-on-one and develop friendships that extend into their everyday lives.
Buddy Up Life skills - offers expertly driven skills-based training designed to empower individuals with Down syndrome (ages 14+) with skills enabling them to live meaningful and independent lives.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our programs are designed to embrace the physical and emotional challenges that individuals with Down syndrome face so our Athletes can learn, grow, and reach their fullest potential on and off the court.

Individuals with Down syndrome can experience physical and psychological health complications such as increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, low muscle-tone, looseness of ligaments, and decreased core strength, atypical development of motor skills, high susceptibility to depression and anxiety, social withdrawal, and challenges in behavioral activity. Buddy Up For Life was created with these risks in mind. We are the first and only organization with a customized program that proactively embraces these challenges in order to help our Athletes with Down syndrome thrive.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Buddy Up For Life, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melissa Hempel Hempel

Advanced Drainage Systems


Board co-chair

Beth Gibson

Buddy Up For Life

Beth Gibson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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