Everyone needs a friend, particularly people whose disabilities may leave them feeling isolated and alone. Enter Best Buddies International, a nonprofit founded to foster one-on-one friendships, employment opportunities and leadership skills for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies Month is a time for Best Buddies participants to reflect on the importance of friendship, jobs, and the development of future leaders. Most importantly, it is a time to show the world the significance of these essentials in every individual’s life. What began in 1993 as a one-day event has become a month-long celebration of the Best Buddies mission. 2017 marks our 28th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate the impact our friendship, jobs, and leadership development programs have had on your life.
CLEVELAND – t’s been quite a summer for Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving. First winning an NBA Championship, and then a gold medal for Team USA in the Rio Olympics. Now, he’s giving back. Check out part of the action Saturday morning of the first-ever Kyrie Irving Basketball Challenge benefiting Best Buddies Ohio.
Best Buddies International, Special Olympics, and supporters from around the world will unite on March 2nd for the eighth annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day. This day gathers people committed to a more inclusive world to build awareness for our society to stop and think about its use of the R-word and rally people 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). Across the nation, Best Buddies chapter leaders and volunteers are hosting engaging events which challenge their community to think inclusively, share respectful language, and to act more mindfully in the way that they speak.
Columbus, OH, Feb. 3, 2016— Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is excited to announce the opening of its newest office in the state of Ohio.
The Best Buddies chapter at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was presented with this year’s Overall Outstanding Chapter Award at Best Buddies International’s 26th annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference. Miami University was selected from more than 436 Best Buddies college programs throughout the world and many College Outstanding Chapter applicants as […]
OH! What a Night! One hundred and seventy-five guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at the Ohio Statehouse for the Inaugural Best Buddies Ohio Gala on March 7, 2015. Guests were welcomed into the atrium where they bid on a spectacular array of auction items, dined on gourmet fare from Milo’s and BJ’s Brewhouse, and danced to the sweet sounds of Soul Kitch’n.
Jody Mann is truly a star within the community! She has been attending the Best Buddies Leadership Conference, for 11 years where she has been able to continuously develop her natural leadership abilities; she was also one half of the first buddy match ever made at Miami University. Jody not only continues to be an excellent mentor and role model in our chapter, but also she has begun to be a champion throughout the state!
During the Inaugural Best Buddies Ohio Gala, Avery and Nichole had the opportunity to share their story with all the guests. Now you can read their story here. Avery: “Hello Everyone! My name is Avery Stinchfield, the buddy director for the Ohio State University Best Buddies chapter! I am 22 […]