Buddy Pair Hits the Slopes, Discovers True Friendship
Sean and Matt’s friendship has quickly become one of the most solid friendships in our chapter. Over the last few months they have become incredibly close and constantly remind others what Best Buddies is about. Matt and Sean talk and hang out all the time. They go to the movies together, cook together, eat lunch together, and even rescue people from snow banks together!
Recently, Sean and Matt went on a weekend ski trip together to Sugarloaf in Maine. Sean skis at Sugarloaf every year with the Maine Handicapped Ski Program. Although Sean has been skiing several times, this was Matt’s first experience on the slopes! Sean made sure ‘his team’ followed closely behind Matt during his first trip down the mountain, so they could ski together.
Sean and Matt both thought it was funny when Matt wiped out several times. Matt and Sean also got to do other fun things together during their weekend adventure. They went out to dinner, had a snowball fight, went in hot tubs, and watched movies during the car ride.
Sean and Matt had an awesome weekend together. They not only developed their skiing skills, but also developed their friendship. It is clear that they have become the closest friends. Sean and Matt’s friendship is one that everyone aims to have, not just in Best Buddies, but in life. It is amazing the changes that can be seen in both students since being matched up together this school year.
Matt shared the following in his most recent friendship update:
“The more I hang out with Sean, the more I realize what Best Buddies is about. Yes, it is about building a connection with a person with disabilities that you wouldn’t normally interact with otherwise; but it’s more than that. It is to be friends and build a bond that means the world to both you and your buddy. To be honest, I don’t think of Sean as a buddy anymore, he is closer to a best friend than anything else.”
Sean shared the following with asked about his friendship with Matt:
“My friend Matt and I went skiing in Maine. Even though he fell down a lot, I love to go skiing with Matt. It is awesome to have a friend like Matt because he makes me laugh. We have fun together.”