Meet Tinu & Joe
I was introduced to Best Buddies through a table at my school. One faculty member from my school and one student were at the booth talking to people about Best Buddies. When I walked by the table I stopped to say hello even though I had no idea what they were doing. When they started talking to me, the first thing that I noticed was how much excitement and energy they had about Best Buddies. Immediately I was intrigued and began to learn what Best Buddies was. By the end of that lunch period, I was signed up for Best Buddies and was just as excited for the program as they were. That night I went home and spent around three hours on my laptop learning about Best Buddies and was totally sold on the mission and goals of the program.
My life has changed so much because of Best Buddies. I have been able to meet so many new people and have been introduced to so many new opportunities. The best part by far has been my friendship with my buddy, Tinu. We were matched when our chapter opened in the fall of 2017. We went to the same preschool when we were very young and have always gone to school together. Through Best Buddies, Tinu became one of my best friends; one that always makes me smile and laugh. We love to go on all sorts of adventures and no matter where we go, we always end up at a pizza place! Our car rides are always filled with singing to OK O (his favorite band) and Perfect by Ed Sheeran, or just chanting Pepperoni Pizza. Besides my friendship with Tinu, I have also been able to meet and become friends with many different students in my school. I would never have been able to build the connections I have with them if it wasn’t for Best Buddies.
I am so proud to be a faculty adviser for Best Buddies ORHS chapter. I love the message Best Buddies sends, and the awareness that Best Buddies brings. Although we launched our chapter in the fall, I have seen many amazing connections made, and look forward to seeing many more!
– Kimberly Wolph, N, BSN