Tag Archive | social inclusion

Paige and Eleanor: Thankful For Five Years of Friendship

IMG_0678This year marks Paige and Eleanor’s fifth Thanksgiving together. These two friends have made spending time together a part of their holiday tradition, and that’s something these two friends are truly grateful for.

“It just seems natural that we spend Thanksgiving together.”

When Paige and Eleanor were matched through the Best Buddies Citizens program, they really clicked;  therefore, it felt natural for Paige to take Thanksgiving to Eleanor when illness kept Eleanor from traveling to be with her mother one November. Read More…

Sara Ungson and Anj Onrubia, Best Buddies Philippines

Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Photo Credit: Kimi Lim from Imagine Nation

Tell us about your history with Best Buddies?

Anj: I first came across Best Buddies in early 2013. I was watching TV and saw a feature on the Best Buddies Challenge. When I heard about the Best Buddies mission of friendship and inclusion, I knew instantly that I wanted to bring it to Manila. As a mother of a child with special needs, I know how heartbreaking it is to feel left out and excluded. I saw Best Buddies as a chance to change things around. Read More…

Best Buddies Month: Paige Randolph, Purdue University

Paige and Charli

Paige and Charli

In celebration of Best Buddies Month we will be showcasing outstanding volunteers, employers, and supporters of Best Buddies every Monday as part of our Monday Mission Moment series.

We are excited to introduce you to Paige Randolph from the Purdue University chapter in West Lafayette, Indiana. Paige has been a volunteer with Best Buddies for eight years and is currently a senior who will be graduating in May with a nursing degree. Please enjoy reading about Paige and her dedication to Best Buddies!

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Special Olympics and Best Buddies Celebrate 6th Annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day on March 5th


Washington, D.C. – 5 March 2014Special Olympics, Best Buddies, and supporters from around the world will unite today on the sixth Spread the Word to End the Word® day to continue building awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people around the world to pledge respect toward all individuals, making the world a more accepting and inclusive place for all people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Read More…

The Power of Words: It’s Our Responsibility To Stand Up For Respect

Marci & Daisy

Me and my best buddy Daisy

This week, I felt the overwhelming need to share with those around me my many wonderful  experiences with Best Buddies and the power of words through Spread the Word to End the Word. It all started Monday afternoon, when I gave a persuasive speech on Spread the Word to End the Word, explaining why such words, as “retard(ed)” were so hurtful and misused. I explained that we should find a better r-word. This word being respect.  I was in awe of the incredible impact it seemed to have made on my classmates due to the handfuls of reviews I received in support of the cause.

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My Brother Rad: Redefining the R-word

Were you the group of teenage boys in the store mocking “that kid”, or the girls whispering and laughing at him? Well if you were, I’d like to introduce myself.

My name is Amanda, and I heard what you were saying. I didn’t think you were funny, or cool. You were hurtful.

Now let me introduce you to my older brother, Rad. He’s the person you were laughing at and making fun of.

Amanda & Rad

Amanda & Rad

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