Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 7th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 4th


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Pledge #Respect for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Washington, D.C. – 4 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through engagement with schools, organizations and communities, the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign urges young people around the world to take a stand in their own communities and help change the conversation by eliminating the use of the R-word and replacing it with ‘respect.’ The campaign highlights the harmful effects the word “retard(ed)” has on the millions of people with IDD, their families and friends. Use of the R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and, whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. Eliminating the use of this word is a step toward respect for all. Read More…

Best Buddies Month: Paige Randolph, Purdue University


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Paige and Charli

In celebration of Best Buddies Month we will be showcasing outstanding volunteers, employers, and supporters of Best Buddies every Monday as part of our Monday Mission Moment series.

We are excited to introduce you to Paige Randolph from the Purdue University chapter in West Lafayette, Indiana. Paige has been a volunteer with Best Buddies for eight years and is currently a senior who will be graduating in May with a nursing degree. Please enjoy reading about Paige and her dedication to Best Buddies!

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Hollywood Actress Vivica A. Fox Wins $50,000 on Celebrity Apprentice; Actress Donates Funds to Best Buddies International


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Vivica A. Fox and Best Buddies New York participants

MIAMI, Feb. 10, 2015Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), proudly thanks Hollywood actress and Best Buddies Celebrity Ambassador Vivica A. Fox for her generous donation on this season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Read More…

18th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Southeast Asia


2014-BB-Miami-Gala-Image-Share-FL[9]Organization celebrates expansion into Southeast Asia and 25th Anniversary

MIAMI, November 13, 2014  – Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce its 18thAnnual Best Buddies Miami Gala  at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Friday, November 21. Read More…

Cristen M. Celebrates 15 Years of Employment at Holland & Knight


Cristen 15 Years at Holland & Knight

(transcript of the email below)

I wanted to share this great e-mail that was sent to the employees at Holland & Knight’s Boston office. Cristen M. has been employed with Holland & Knight for 15 years! Not many individuals or companies can say they’ve had this kind of positive long-term experience in the workplace.

Companies like Holland & Knight are stepping up to the plate by making the choice to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and in turn finding that they have included talented, dependable and loyal workers like Cristen.

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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.

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