Best Buddies International Partners with BMC Switzerland in Support of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
THREE YEAR PARTNERSHIP WILL SUPPORT ALL BEST BUDDIES CHALLENGE EVENTS WITH BICYCLES AND ASSISTANCE
MIAMI, FL. Jan 6, 2017 – Best Buddies International, 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), is excited to announce that it is partnering with BMC Switzerland in an effort to further support the Best Buddies Challenge events.
As part of this newly-launched partnership, BMC Switzerland will become the Official Bike Sponsor of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, Hearst Castle, and Miami. BMC Switzerland is supporting Best Buddies by providing a premier fleet of rental bicycles to be available for participants at all three Challenge events. In addition, BMC Switzerland will be providing a special discount program to purchase bicycles for registered riders with participating local BMC dealers.
“Best Buddies is incredibly honored to partner with BMC Switzerland in support of our Best Buddies Challenge events,” said Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “Year after year, our goal is to continuously improve our Challenge experience for cyclists, and I am confident that BMC Switzerland will help take our Challenges to the next level.”
“We at BMC are truly honored to join Best Buddies in their mission to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Challenge series is a fantastic way to build awareness for the Best Buddies cause through the sport of cycling and we’re excited to align with Best Buddies in the pursuit of this goal,” said Devin Riley, Director of Marketing in North America for BMC Switzerland.
The Best Buddies Challenge is a series of athletic events in three key markets — Boston, California and Miami — that raise a cumulative $11 million for Best Buddies International. The Challenges are based around a 100-mile bike ride with optional shorter routes available along with the choice of a 5K run/walk. The 2017 Best Buddies Challenges occur on the following dates below:
Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port – June 2-3rd, 2017
Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle – September 8-9th, 2017
Best Buddies Challenge: Miami – November 17th, 2017
ABOUT BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL:
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
ABOUT BMC SWITZERLAND:
BMC Switzerland is a premium, Swiss, bicycle manufacturer. Established in 1994, the company employs approximately 120 people, worldwide. It is headquartered in Grenchen, Switzerland where it also has its own research and development facility; The Impec Lab. BMC’s bikes meet the highest standards in quality, design and manufacturing and the company invests heavily in research and development to continue to improve its designs and technologies. BMC has written its way into history by supplying bikes for the world’s top athletes, winning such races as the Tour de France, the World Championships in both the Team Time Trial and Road categories, the MTB XCO World Championships, numerous Ironman Championships and the Olympic Road Race. More information about BMC’s products and racing teams can be found at www.bmc-switzerland.com.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Nicole Maddox, Best Buddies International
(Office): 305-374-2233 ext. 343