Since 2013, Best Buddies in Memphis has worked tirelessly to expand the outreach of our school friendship programs throughout the Mid-South. What began with a handful of participating schools has expanded to over 100 school chapters influencing over 4,500 members and 848 buddy pairs across Tennessee.
Featuring over 550 students, 300 parents, 70 VIP guests, 80 volunteers and special celebrity appearances – it was an unforgettable evening. The party kicked-off as students with and without disabilities walked the red carpet together amid the excitement and flashing lights of our prom “paparazzi”.
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.
Best Buddies Jobs program in Tennessee opened in January 2015. The results are phenomenal proving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have outstanding work-ethic and skills.
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).
HIP HIP HOORAY! Best Buddies Tennessee has been chosen as one of Carnival Memphis’ Children’s Charities for 2016! The Carnival Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative (CCI) started in 1999 with a mission to aid local non-profits who improve the quality of life for children of all ethnic and social backgrounds in Memphis and the Mid-South.
When Brooke Abbott moved from Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee in the summer of 2015 to live with her father, she had never heard of Best Buddies. What Steve Abbot, Brookes dad, wanted most was somewhere for her to fit in. According to Brooke, The first time I heard of Best […]
Hats off to Brian Cassino Best Buddies Tennessee’s 2015 Memphis Champion! Brian is Director of Business Development for CMI as well as Memphis World Trade Club President and won the ultimate title after raising close to $10,000 for Best Buddies Tennessee. Brian and our other Champion candidates were honored at […]
On Wednesday, May 5th, Arlington High School senior Carlie Carter was awarded a $500 dollar scholarship from the Arlington Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). Each applicant was required to write an essay about the legacy they will leave behind and Carlie chose to reflect upon her experiences as the inaugural […]
Elise Hirt, chapter president at Centennial High School, was honored at the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 22. Elise received the Youth Volunteer Award presented by Baptist Healing Trust for her years of leadership the Best Buddies Centennial chapter. The Centennial Best Buddies Chapter began because […]