I was born at Tampa General Hospital in 1983; I was raised by my aunt, BJ, in Florida after my parents dropped me off at my grandmother’s house and never came back. School was hard for me. I was teased until I found Best Buddies in middle school. My bond with my middle school buddy helped me because I felt protected from everyone’s teasing and her friendship gave me something to look forward to every day…
Words are powerful and can cut us deep, that’s why there’s Best Buddies. Through friendship, we give more than 1.1 million people with and without intellectual and…
They say you never forget your prom, right? Well, country star Hunter Hayes made the prom a little more memorable for one young lady by making her wish come true…
The Westborough High School Best Buddies chapter was named the national high school chapter of the year at Best Buddies International’s 28th annual leadership conference, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, held July 21 – 24. The award recognizes a chapter for their demonstration of love.
Megan Bomgaars, a self-advocate, artist and entrepreneur with Down syndrome, performs a speech called “Don’t Limit Me”. “Don’t limit me by thinking that I can’t learn in your classroom,” Bomgaars said. The energy level was high in the IU Auditorium on Friday as attendees to the Best Buddies Leadership Conference.
Anyone who happened to catch the ESPN “ESPY” Awards last Wednesday, received a very moving lesson on the history of the Special Olympics. Eunice Kennedy Shriver posthumously received the “Arthur Ash Courage Award” for her work in creating and building the Special Olympics program to what it is today.
Anthony K. Shriver and Food Scientist Dr. Maya Warren joined us via satellite to discuss Best Buddies International. Nearly 200 million people are living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1989, Anthony Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of The Special Olympics
There, in person, was his favorite super hero. The Red Power Ranger, in full flesh, quickly walked to his bed and gave the shocked 13-year-old a big hug. Jackson is battling his second round of leukemia at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and his parents Joe and Dietra said their son’s only wish was a visit from the Red Power Ranger. Jesyah White is a bit of a super hero himself.
This past May, I was invited by Best Buddies International to attend their annual celebrity fundraiser that was organized by mother daughter tandem, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber. I thought I was merely attending the event as a Best Buddies International Delegate. I did not realize that they were giving me an award!
For the past nine years, three days a week, Bradley Gunther leaves his home in Marina del Rey and takes the bus to Beverly Hills, where he is the most veteran employee in the mailroom at Paradigm. “I deliver mail and supplies for both buildings, and it’s a very important job to me,” says Gunther, 62. “I enjoy my life.”