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.
The 2016 BlumShapiro Softball Showdown for Best Buddies Rhode Island took place on Saturday, September 17th at Brayton Avenue Park in Cranston. Twelve teams competed in the all ages, all abilities, co-ed tournament. Congratulations to the 2016 Champs, The Thirsty Beaver — they edged out a great Fogarty Center team in the Championships!
On Saturday, June 11, the Best Buddies Advisory Board Programs Committee trained three new Buddy Ambassadors in “Finding their Voice.” The new Ambassadors, Emily McLaughlin, Elvin Rios, and Becky Bernard worked throughout Saturday morning and afternoon with their speech coaches, Hanna Fuchs, Cyndi Fuchs, and Lisa Scotti-Johnson to develop personal mission statements, goals in their new roles as Ambassadors, as well as speeches to advocate for the inclusion of people with IDD.
This year, the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk brought together members from 24 school chapters and over 400 registered walkers, making this our biggest Friendship Walk to date. The weather was perfect for a Friday night under the lights walk, held on April 15th at East Greenwich High School.
On Saturday, March 19th over 350 participants from Best Buddies in Rhode Island attended the “Under the Sea” themed Best Buddies Ball. This is the biggest programmatic event all year and the students LOVE the ball. This year was no exception! The music was on point featuring Joel Romero. A special THANK […]
On Friday, March 4th the Warwick Vets chapter of Best Buddies held their first “Giving Friday,” a day where members, during one of their meetings find a way to give back to their local community. This month, they donated over 40 bags of toiletries and food to “Called to Serve.” […]
Boogie for Buddies was held this year on February 13th at Kickemuit Middle School! Kickemuit, a new Best Buddies Rhode Island (BBRI) Middle School chapter graciously volunteered to host the event and it was a great way to welcome them to the BBRI family! There were four different classes held throughout the […]
Our newest college chapter, which partners Johnson and Wales University with the Refocus Center, held their match party on Friday, February 12, 2016! They celebrated with cookies, donuts, and refreshments! Six students will be matched this year, with a goal of 10 matches for next fall! Buddy pairs celebrated their new friendships […]
Kickemuit Middle School is our newest addition to the Best Buddies Rhode Island Middle School Program! They have started the year off with a BANG by holding a great match party, as well as, hosting Boogie for Buddies this year. During their match party, buddy pairs shared pizza, fruit, veggies and […]
“What are your plans after graduation?” Thanks to Best Buddies, I had an answer to that question. For the past four years I was actively involved with Salve Regina’s Best Buddies program and I can honestly say every person I met through it changed my life. “My time as an international […]