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Reflections on BBLC Opening Ceremonies

I would hesitate before saying I went to Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) Opening “Ceremonies” last night. I think of ceremonies as rather formal, dry events where people give speeches and hand out awards. While that did happen, I don’t think “ceremonies” was the proper term for the night. It is much more likely we all attended the BBLC opening PARTY or CONCERT. Maybe I’m a BBLC rookie, but last night’s event was much too fun to be called a mere ceremony.

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Have you heard about our #BBLC livestream?

If you aren’t able to make it to Leadership Conference this year, make sure to check it out for free online! We will be livestreaming our opening and closing ceremonies, as well as our Saturday morning educational sessions. This is the schedule of livestreamed events:

  • Friday, July 20: 8 PM – 10 PM (opening ceremony)
  • Saturday, July 21: 8:30 AM – 12 PM (educational sessions)
  • Sunday, July 22: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (closing ceremony)

Note that all times are in Eastern Standard Time. To view our livestream, visit our website at or!

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A First Taste Of Bloomington

Today, the first staff arrived in Bloomington to prepare for Leadership Conference! Upon arriving around 1 PM, I was introduced to its charm. This college town definitely has character and, better yet, the nicest people. Local establishments are well aware of the impact of Best Buddies, and they show it! Soma, a nearby coffee shop, decorated its window welcoming us to Bloomington.

I can’t wait to see what else Bloomington and its residents have to offer. If you’ve never been here, get ready for great hospitality. And Bloomington better get ready, as an INCLUSION REVOLUTION 1,500 strong takes over the city.

Official LC countdown: 5 more days!

a typical son

two of us are tall and the other one of us is short and has Down syndrome

Chicken Corn Chowder for the Blogger's Soul

Thought bubbles of inspiration, attempted humor, and most likely a lot of pictures and music. (WARNING: You are the only one reading this.)

Best Buddies Young Leaders Council

Educate, Engage, Empower.

michael crawley

Every person is an equal member of the human family.

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