I didn’t expect them to be as good as they are

The featured video is about the Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy for Down syndrome and runs around 5 minutes. The Academy is a two-day program where individuals with Down syndrome of all ages are paired one-on-one with volunteer instructors to take them through drills and learn tennis basics. The Academy was the inspiration of a father of a child with Down syndrome and a French Open Doubles winner. The messages from the parents are touching and the ones from the volunteers are powerful. Their statements are universal to what people’s expectations are when they don’t know someone with Down syndrome and what their experiences are when they spend time with a child, a teenager, or an adult with Down syndrome.

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  1. […] this post from last January, about a a tennis camp specifically for individuals with Down syndrome. In the video, one of the interviewees says, […]

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