Best Buddies Runs 25th Anniversary PSA on Verizon Center’s Exterior Digital Boards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Best Buddies International is featuring their 25th anniversary PSA on the exterior signs at Verizon Center. A nonprofit organization aiming to create meaningful relationships between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and volunteers, Best Buddies has program participants in all 50 states and in 50 countries around the world. In celebration of their 25th anniversary Best Buddies is running a PSA to make a call to action to volunteers and to spread the word about their mission. The PSA will run through the spring.
“Ted Leonsis has been a great friend to Best Buddies for many years and we are eternally grateful for the incredible support he’s bestowed upon our organization,” says Anthony K. Shriver, founder and chairman of Best Buddies International. “Leonsis’ long-standing commitment to supporting our mission of friendship and inclusion – exemplified by his 14-year relationship with his Buddy Ken Holden – has allowed us to increase our outreach to people with special needs in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, at unprecedented levels. I am hopeful that this partnership will not only help us continue with these efforts, but encourage countless others to support our mission as well.”
In addition to their day-to-day programming, Best Buddies holds annual events including the Best Buddies Challenge: Washington, D.C. and the Friendship Walk. Both raise funds for the nonprofit while creating a welcoming atmosphere where new friendships can form. The Georgetown Chapter of Best Buddies is the biggest in the D.C. area and was also the first official chapter of the organization. Visit BestBuddies.org for more information.
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.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
About Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to three professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. MSE also oversees management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, Verizon Center sits at the heart of an $8 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 16 years ago when the arena opened.
For more information please contact Sheila Francis in Verizon Center communications at 202-628-3200 x6042.