Tag Archive | empowerment

Why I’m Involved With Best Buddies


Hola! My name is Nick Balkevicius, and I have been involved with Best Buddies for 5 years. Being a part of Best Buddies has been one of the best things I have ever done. It has taught me to treat all human beings with the respect that they deserve, and that nobody deserves to be picked on because of what they look like or who they are. Here is the story of how Best Buddies entered my life. Read More…

Best Buddies – Truly Rewarding on so Many Levels


Sometimes you participate in a group or an event because you “have to,” but then there are those rare times that you participate in something because you really want to – for me this can easily be said about my experience with Best Buddies. This sentiment is equally shared by my wife Julia and my boys, Nick and Anthony. Read More…

Ashlee Coffman: Exceeding All Expectations


Ashlee Coffman joined Best Buddies her freshman year at Corona del Sol High School. Since then she continues to participate as Best Buddies Arizona Buddy Ambassador, a role she has held since 2009. Her a sweet, caring demeanor, and steadfast determination to overcome any and every obstacle. This makes her an inspiration to all! Read More…

Best Buddies Ambassadors


Every buddy needs a voice.

Growing up in Michigan suburbia, my mother was always the biggest advocate for my brother Ryan, a talented man with Down Syndrome.  This is a common story for many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: society treats them unfairly and their parents fight the seemingly neverending battle for equal opportunities for education, independent living, integrated employment, accessible transportation, and the list goes on. Think of the possibilities for change, though, when parents get a new ally, a more powerful ally, a louder ally.

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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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