THEY COULDN’T BELIEVE THEIR LUCK WHEN THEY GOT THE CHANCE OF A WHEN THEY GOT THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME. LIFETIME. THEY ARE INSPIRING AMERICA. THEY ARE INSPIRING AMERICA. THEY KNEW THEY WERE COMING TO THEY KNEW THEY WERE COMING TO NEW YORK THIS WEEKEND, THE FACT NEW YORK THIS WEEKEND, THE FACT THAT THEY WOULD BE PLAYING IN THAT THEY WOULD BE PLAYING IN ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM WAS A ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM WAS A SURPRISE. SURPRISE.>>GOOD TRY.>>GOOD TRY.>>Reporter: DID THEY LOVE IT?>>Reporter: DID THEY LOVE IT? FOR TEN YEARS NOW BUDDY UP FOR TEN YEARS NOW BUDDY UP TENNIS HAS BEEN PAIRING ATHLETES TENNIS HAS BEEN PAIRING ATHLETES WITH DOWN’S SYNDROME WITH A WITH DOWN’S SYNDROME WITH A BUDDY. BUDDY. ONCE A WEEK THEY HIT THE COURTS ONCE A WEEK THEY HIT THE COURTS FIRST FOCUSSING ON FITNESS AND FIRST FOCUSSING ON FITNESS AND THEN TENNIS SKILLS. THEN TENNIS SKILLS. WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?>>PASSIONATE ABOUT ME AND I>>PASSIONATE ABOUT ME AND I KNOW EVERYBODY. KNOW EVERYBODY.>>Reporter: WHEN HE WAS 3 WILL>>Reporter: WHEN HE WAS 3 WILL GIBSON WOULD TAG ALONG FOR HIS GIBSON WOULD TAG ALONG FOR HIS BIG BROTHER’S LESSONS. BIG BROTHER’S LESSONS. HIS MOM WANTED WILL TO PICK UP A HIS MOM WANTED WILL TO PICK UP A RACQUET TOO. RACQUET TOO.>>WE GOOGLED AND TRIED TO SEE>>WE GOOGLED AND TRIED TO SEE WHAT WAS OUT THERE. WHAT WAS OUT THERE. WE CREATED IT. WE CREATED IT.>>Reporter: OTHER CITIES WANTED>>Reporter: OTHER CITIES WANTED IT, TOO. IT, TOO. NOW THEY HAVE 21 CHAPTERS IN 10 NOW THEY HAVE 21 CHAPTERS IN 10 STATES. STATES. TAYLOR RUBY IS WILL’S BUDDY. TAYLOR RUBY IS WILL’S BUDDY.>>HE IS REALLY NICE AND KIND.>>HE IS REALLY NICE AND KIND.>>THEY IMPACT ME WAY MORE THAN>>THEY IMPACT ME WAY MORE THAN I THINK I IMPACTED THEM. I THINK I IMPACTED THEM. THEY ARE SO KIND AND CARING. THEY ARE SO KIND AND CARING.>>Reporter: WHILE COMPANIONSHIP>>Reporter: WHILE COMPANIONSHIP IS KEY, THE SKILLS BILTDUILT HER IS KEY, THE SKILLS BILTDUILT HER ARE DESIGNED TO LAST LONG AFTER ARE DESIGNED TO LAST LONG AFTER THE MATCH IS OVER. THE MATCH IS OVER.>>THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT TENNIS.>>THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT TENNIS.>>THIS IS SO MUCH MORE.>>THIS IS SO MUCH MORE. THEY ARE IMPROVING THEIR LIFE THEY ARE IMPROVING THEIR LIFE SKILLS THROUGH CONFIDENCE. SKILLS THROUGH CONFIDENCE. THEY ARE GAINING EMOTIONAL THEY ARE GAINING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. SUPPORT. THEY ARE BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS. THEY ARE BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS. THEY ARE PART OF A TEAM. THEY ARE PART OF A TEAM.>>WE WANT TO SHOW THEM THAT>>WE WANT TO SHOW THEM THAT BUDDY UP TENNIS CAN DO WHAT BUDDY UP TENNIS CAN DO WHAT OTHER TENNIS PLAYERS CAN DO.

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