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Join Tom Brady & Challenge Yourself to Change Lives at the 16th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port


Boston, May 19, 2015 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 the 16th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, will take place on May 29 – 30. More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies InternationalTom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair and lead Team Tom Brady to the finish line. Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III will join Brady as the event’s Honorary Co-Chairs. John Hailer, President & CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the Americas & Asia, has committed to serve as the Event Chair. During the event, John Hancock will be honored with the organization’s Spirit of Friendship Award. Read More…

Maria Shriver and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to Return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle


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Carmel, CA, August 20, 2014 – Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce that journalist and activist Maria Shriver and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom will return as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 11th Anniversary Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle. More than 1,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International – on September 6. Read More…

The 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference Packs in Loads of Fun for Student Leaders in Bloomington, Indiana Presented by C.A. Hartnell


  • NBA Star and Best Buddies Global Sports Ambassador Kyrie Irving hosts the Best Buddies Pep Rally and Basketball Game
  • Julie Remillard wins first ever “Best Buddies Jobs Employee of the Year Award”
  • Best Buddies Ambassador and Jobs Participant Jorge Morilla wins “Spirit of Courage Award”
  • Star of the new movie “Produce” David DeSanctis attends screening of his film at the Conference
  • More than 15,000 people tuned in to watch the Conference, live streamed

Bloomington, IN (July 30, 2014) – Over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world participated in the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference: Journey to Innovation presented by C.A. Hartnell, July 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The weekend offered attendees new ideas to share with their chapters’ back home, networking opportunities, and most importantly, lasting friendships. Read More…

Leaders From Around the World to Unite in the Name of Inclusion at the 25th Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, Presented by C.A. Hartnell


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Bloomington, Ind(July 16, 2014)  Summer vacation will hold a special meaning for over 2,000 student leaders, volunteers, and staff from Best Buddies International’s programs around the world, who will participate in the 25th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference  presented by C.A. HartnellJuly 25-28 at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 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 (IDD).

This year’s conference will prepare the organization’s students leaders to be strong, passionate forerunners on the Journey to Innovation, challenging communities and inspiring the world one person at a time. Read More…

Audi: Best Buddies Celebrity Bowling Event in Downtown Los Angeles a Striking Success!


Los Angeles, April 27, 2014 – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were in attendance at the Audi: Best Buddies Bowling for Buddies event at LuckyStrike Lanes at L.A. Live on April 27, which was presented by Audi.

This charity event, designed to raise awareness about Best Buddies International, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), brought out a bevy of the organization’s notable supporters and participants, many of whom brought along their families.

Bowling for Buddies Committee Members Maureen McCormick, Nancy O’Dell and Lauren Potter joined Jamie Brewer, Adam Gaynor from Matchbox 20, Cheryl Hines, Nick and Joe Jonas, Holly Robinson Peete, Maria Shriver, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, as well as their families, for an afternoon of bowling and bonding with Best Buddies participants from the Los Angeles area and their loved ones. Read More…

The Opening Ceremonies of the 24th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference


The crowd went wild in this year’s Best Buddies Leadership Conference (BBLC) at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. With chapter members and guests wearing their Best Buddies T-shirts and waving glow sticks in the air with enthusiasm, the night’s event was nothing short of outstanding. The show started off with a performance by Lisa Smith, demonstrating her gift of signing while a rendition of “Hallelujah” played in the background.

Lisa Smith, performing "Hallelujah" with interpretive signing at Best Buddies Leadership Conference Opening Ceremonies. | © Larry Levin, Best Buddies International. All rights reserved.

Lisa Smith, performing “Hallelujah” with interpretive signing at Best Buddies Leadership Conference Opening Ceremonies.
© Larry Levin, Best Buddies International. All rights reserved.

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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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