Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle


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Carmel, CA, August 20, 2014 – Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 6. Read More…

The 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference Packs in Loads of Fun for Student Leaders in Bloomington, Indiana Presented by C.A. Hartnell


  • NBA Star and Best Buddies Global Sports Ambassador Kyrie Irving hosts the Best Buddies Pep Rally and Basketball Game
  • Julie Remillard wins first ever “Best Buddies Jobs Employee of the Year Award”
  • Best Buddies Ambassador and Jobs Participant Jorge Morilla wins “Spirit of Courage Award”
  • Star of the new movie “Produce” David DeSanctis attends screening of his film at the Conference
  • More than 15,000 people tuned in to watch the Conference, live streamed

Bloomington, IN (July 30, 2014) – Over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world participated in the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference: Journey to Innovation presented by C.A. Hartnell, July 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The weekend offered attendees new ideas to share with their chapters’ back home, networking opportunities, and most importantly, lasting friendships. Read More…

Leaders From Around the World to Unite in the Name of Inclusion at the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, Presented by C.A. Hartnell


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Bloomington, Ind(July 16, 2014)  Summer vacation will hold a special meaning for over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world, who will participate in the 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference  presented by C.A. HartnellJuly 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

This year’s conference will prepare the organization’s students leaders to be strong, passionate forerunners on the Journey to Innovation, challenging communities and inspiring the world one person at a time. Read More…

Your Best Buddies Experience Matters To Me, Here’s Why…


2014 Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port

I wanted to share with everyone the below message from one of my staff members.  It’s these stories that continue to inspire me and motivate me to ensure that we keep the Best Buddies mission alive. Read More…

Facebook, Football And You


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After reading this, we’re glad to be a part of the Facebook community! Check out how a photo of Tom Brady and Jon, a Best Buddies participant, made a mother feel after it was shared…

Originally posted on Zeh Lezeh (For One Another):

Jo Ann SimonsBy: Jo Ann Simons

Recently, I posted a picture of my son, Jon, who has Down syndrome standing with Tom Brady. We New Englander’s think of him as the NFL’s best quarterback. While there may be debate on that subject don’t have it with Jon. You will not win.

While where the picture was taken is not critical to this post, it was taken shortly after Jon hit the ceremonial first tee shot at the Best Buddies Hyannis Port Challenge golf tournament in early June.

A few days after the picture appeared on Facebook, I delighted in seeing that there were 119 likes and 15 comments. I read each comment several times and I looked at each person who indicated “like” and remembered how they were in my life.

This is what I found out:

I went to public school with 14 of you in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

I went to…

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Audi: Best Buddies Celebrity Bowling Event in Downtown Los Angeles a Striking Success!


Los Angeles, April 27, 2014 – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were in attendance at the Audi: Best Buddies Bowling for Buddies event at LuckyStrike Lanes at L.A. Live on April 27, which was presented by Audi.

This charity event, designed to raise awareness about Best Buddies International, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), brought out a bevy of the organization’s notable supporters and participants, many of whom brought along their families.

Bowling for Buddies Committee Members Maureen McCormick, Nancy O’Dell and Lauren Potter joined Jamie Brewer, Adam Gaynor from Matchbox 20, Cheryl Hines, Nick and Joe Jonas, Holly Robinson Peete, Maria Shriver, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, as well as their families, for an afternoon of bowling and bonding with Best Buddies participants from the Los Angeles area and their loved ones. Read More…

The Venetian Ball 2014 Celebrates the Launch of Best Buddies Macao


(Left to right) Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd.; long-time Best Buddies supporter, Kevin Spacey; (right back) Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder of Best Buddies International; and (right front) Charles Calhoun, Buddy Ambassador, took a group photo on-stage at The Venetian Macao Saturday night at Sands China’s annual charity ball. This year’s Venetian Ball 2014: A Night of Glitz and Glamour, with Tiffany & Co. as Presenting Sponsor raised funds for Best Buddies Macao – a chapter of Best Buddies International.

(Left to right) Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd.; long-time Best Buddies supporter, Kevin Spacey; (right back) Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder of Best Buddies International; and (right front) Charles Calhoun, Buddy Ambassador, took a group photo on-stage at The Venetian Macao Saturday night at Sands China’s annual charity ball. This year’s Venetian Ball 2014: A Night of Glitz and Glamour, with Tiffany & Co. as Presenting Sponsor raised funds for Best Buddies Macao – a chapter of Best Buddies International.

Best Buddies + Sands China, Ltd.

A star-studded night of glamour, charity, first-class entertainment and gourmet dining with special guest Kevin Spacey

(Macao, March 15, 2014) – The definitive charity event of the year – the Venetian Ball 2014: A Night of Glitz and Glamour, with Tiffany & Co. as Presenting Sponsor – was successfully held Saturday night with over 900 guests, including celebrities, business partners and community initiative supporters at The Venetian® Macao. The Great Gatsby-themed evening marked the launch of Best Buddies Macao Association. Read More…

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