Fifth Annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. Raises Close To $2.5 Million For Best Buddies International


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18:  Cyclists prepare at the 2014 Audi Best Buddies Challenge on October 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 18: Cyclists prepare at the 2014 Audi Best Buddies Challenge on October 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, Oct.19, 2014 – Close to 1,500 people took part in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. – a charity walk, run and ride chaired by Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, on Saturday, October 18. The Challenge raised close to $2.5 million in total donations for Best Buddies International, a nonprofit 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).

The Challenge weekend kicked-off with a 25th Anniversary VIP reception on Friday, October 17, at Georgetown University where the organization first began. Challenge Honorary Co-Chair Ted Leonsis and Coach of the NHL Washington Capitals Barry Trotz, and Best Buddies Founder and Chairman Anthony K. Shriver – attended the cocktail reception, along with dozens of top supporters and Best Buddies participants. Read More…

Challenge Yourself to Change Lives at the Fifth Annual Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014  — Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, will serve as Chairman of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. Nearly fifteen-five hundred people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on October 17.

Ted Leonsis, CEO of Monumental Sports and owner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards, and his wife, Lynn Leonsis, will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event along with Best Buddies participant Ken Holden.

“In this fifth year of our partnership, our employees can watch the impact of the Best Buddies Challenge: Washington D.C. in our hometown,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This is always such a special event for Audi, bringing together over 100 employees to help raise even more funds with Best Buddies International this year. We share Best Buddies’ mission of improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and know this will be the most successful ride yet.”

This year, there will be three cycling options: 100-miles, 62-miles, or 20-miles. The 100-mile route will be led by Tour de France cycling legend George Hincapie – one of the most recognized cyclists in the world, with numerous world championships, national championships and professional victories to his credit – and will proceed northwest along the Potomac via scenic country roads, and rolling hills, past horse farms and historic estates, and countless vineyards, on the way to Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. 62-mile and 100-mile cyclists will leave Washington, D.C., and ride through the countryside into Loudoun County, Virginia where all participants will finish at Morven Park and gather for a gourmet lunch and concert in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Washington, D.C, where this organization first began, for our fifth Challenge and we are delighted that Ted and Lynn Leonsis and Ken Holden will join us as Honorary Chairs of this event,” says Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. ”Their commitment to the cause – along with that of all Challenge participants – has helped bring an even greater awareness to the infinite abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess, and in turn, an outpouring of support for the Best Buddies mission.”

The Challenge, which is open to participants of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action, also features the 5K run/walk Carl Lewis Challenge. More than 800 students from local schools and colleges are expected to participate in the 5K.

Several other special guests are also expected to attend, including; Actor Griffin Gluck; Miss Teen USA 2014 K. Lee Graham; Miss District of Columbia USA 2014 Ciera Nicole Butts; Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 2014 Dominick Fink; and Miss Virginia USA 2014 Arielle Rosmarino.

The Challenge will be capped off with tours of the historic Virginia governor’s mansion, a victory celebration at the Finish Line at Morven Park, and an award ceremony.

Audi is returning for the fifth year as Title Sponsor of the Challenge. More than 100 Audi employees are expected to participate in the festivities as part of Team Audi, with the goal of raising even more than in past years.

Additional Challenge sponsors include: Audi of AmericaMay Liang & Jim LintottGerry & Penney KlingmanRosetta StoneCapital Trust Group, PepsiFIJI WaterJan Brandt, Jonathan KlingJim FeldmanRaul Fernandez, Senator Mark WarnerGeicoCannondaleThe Fairmont Washington D.C.Goorin Bros,Loudoun HuntPilot Freight ServicesTotal Wine & More and media sponsors, Getty ImagesNiche Media/Capitol File Magazine and Bicycling Magazine.

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ABOUT BEST BUDDIES  INTERNATIONAL:

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.

Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 800,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.orgfacebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.

About Audi

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products, facilities and technologies.  Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com  for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

CONTACT: 

To become a Challenge sponsor:

Bethany Becker
(202) 568-8031
BethanyBecker@bestbuddies.org
For media inquiries, including requests for credentials, (please note, space is limited):

Best Buddies International:

Nicole Maddox
305-374-2233, ext. 2245
NicoleMaddox@bestbuddies.org

Jeanne Turkheimer
305-374-2233, ext. 215
JeanneTurkheimer@bestbuddies.org

Audi of America, Andrew Lipman
(212) 333-4647; Andrew.Lipman@audi.com

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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