Celebrate Best Buddies Brazil
Esteemed Pop-artist Romero Britto, a native of Brazil, has been a most generous supporter of Best Buddies International. Over the years, he has created multiple works of art with Best Buddies in mind, together with the goal of furthering the Best Buddies mission of friendship, jobs and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His memorable cycling-rider jersey designs for the Audi Best Buddies Challenges: Hearst Castle and Hyannis Port, are consistently sought after by participants and supporters around the world. In honor of Anthony’s late mother, Romero newly created the iconic logo for the inaugural Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge scheduled for October 23rd in Washington, DC. Moreover, Romero also created the Friendship Bear to celebrate the importance of these experiences among friends, as well as the positive impact that a true friend can have upon another’s life.
Beyond the vibrant works of art that Romero has created, Romero’s friendship with both Alina and Anthony Shriver, as well as his knowledge of Brazil, was the impetus that directly helped bring the Best Buddies movement to Sao Paolo in 2007. Our pilot program at Colégio Pauliceia has been a consistent reminder of the power of volunteerism, youth ideals, and these one-to-one friendships. Romero continues his extraordinary support of Best Buddies – in the United States, overseas and Brazil in particular – and once again he has recently contributed by invigorating and attracting a new measure of local support for our growing programs within Brazil; which will advance our objective to ultimately realize Best Buddies more comprehensively throughout the country.