BUDS Tennis was created in May 2013 by high school sophomores (at the time) Allison Davis and Emma Traynor after they were inspired by Coach Joan Bellissimo’s tennis lessons with 16 year old (at the time) Sarah Davis.
BUDS Tennis has been given a designated fund underneath the 501-c-3 nonprofit, all volunteer parent run organization, Manasota BUDS.
Allison Davis: Allison is a senior at Riverview High School in the International Baccalaureate Programe. She got her start with tennis through lessons with Coach Joan Bellissimo 7 years ago and has loved the sport every since. She has been practicing at Celsius Tennis Academy since the 8th grade. Allison has been a member of the Riverview High School Varsity Tennis Team since her sophomore year of high school. BUDS Tennis has helped Allison rejuvenate her love for the sport of tennis. She loves to share this passion with her students.
Emma Traynor: Emma is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Programe at Riverview High School. She has played on the Riverview Varsity Tennis Team since her freshman year. Emma started playing tennis at age six, still loves the game, and continues to play every week. The BUDS Tennis program has helped Emma realize her love for teaching tennis!
Coach Joan Bellissimo: After teaching high school physical education for five years, Joan traded the school for the tennis courts. Coach Joan has been working with Sarah for the past seven years and has developed an extraordinary method of teaching the sport that BUDS Tennis has adopted. She is a private tennis coach and a personal trainer at the Sarasota Family YMCA.
Kendri Cruz: Kendri is a junior at Riverview High School and in the International Baccalaureate Programe. She has been playing tennis with her dad since she was eight years old. Kendri practices every week at the Celsius Tennis Academy and has been playing on the Riverview High School Varsity Tennis Team since her Freshman year. She speaks both Spanish and English and loves working with kids!
Teen Volunteers: BUDS Tennis would not be possible without many teen volunteers from the community: Ana Pedroza (12th grade, Riverview High School), Jane Magill (12th grade, Riverview High School), Brooke Patrusky (12th grade, Riverview High School), Sarah Levison (12th grade, Sarasota High School), Zoe Baglini (12th grade, Riverview High School), Sydney Sforzo (7th grade, Out of Door Academy), Chelsea Lea (7th grade, Out of Door Academy)
Read how it all began...
Checks made out to Manasota BUDS, “BUDS Tennis” in the memo line.