Diversity and acceptance is at the heart of the Best Buddies mission of inclusion. Friendships in El Salvador, Uganda, Kenya, and Ghana are leading our movement on the international front, with Haiti and Nigeria launching their first-ever friendship programs later this year. Their efforts will undoubtedly unify and strengthen our global community.
In 2018, we will impact the lives of over 1.1 million people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities in over 50 countries across six continents. We are committed to expanding our programs throughout our diverse world for many years to come!
Learn more about how you can support our global efforts at bestbuddies.org
Congratulations to Kim and Jessica on celebrating three years of #BestBuddiesFriendship this past November!
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Since meeting at a @bestbuddiesphilippines match party in November 2014, they have embarked on international adventures to Malaysia , Japan , and the USA , sharing their Best Buddies story along the way. These experiences have undoubtedly helped forge an incredible bond between them.
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One of their favorite moments came in 2016 when they both attended the Best Buddies Leadership Conference at @iubloomington. At that event, Jessica got a chance to speak in front of 3,000 conference attendees about the positive impact her buddy Kim has made in her life. It was certainly one of the highlights of that weekend for us!
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We wish them a long and happy friendship for many years to come.
"When I first met Wils this summer at @bestbuddieslc, I instantly knew we had a connection. He has a smile that can light up a room and a laugh so contagious it can turn anyone's bad day into a good one. He's my Best Buddy, and one of my best friends." - Xander Holmes
Super Bowl LI Champions @tombrady and @sweetfeet have teamed up once again to support Best Buddies! They will be auctioning off their signed custom game-worn cleats. Visit the links below to place your bids. Which cleats are your favorite?
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TOM BRADY : bestbuddies.org/tom
JAMES WHITE : bestbuddies.org/james
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GOOD LUCK to all bidders! @patriots@nfl
Donate today at bestbuddies.org/givingtuesday (link in bio) and all Gifts will be matched by a generous donor, up to $1,000,000!
Jorge and I have been Best Buddies for over 20 years. I know I can always count on him for a good laugh and great company when we watch his favorite team, the Miami Dolphins (poor guy!), and attend events like the Best Buddies Miami Gala. I want everyone to experience the joys, challenges, and successes of our unique friendship! THANK YOU for your gift today.
Meet @bestbuddiesrmu’s first buddy pair of the month, Michael and Max! When asked about his buddy, Max said, “The friendship that Michael and I have formed over the last two months has been one that is very special to the both of us. Being able to see the joy Mike gets out of spending time together is priceless. Every time we are together, Michael makes me laugh and I make him laugh and that feeling of fellowship between us is one that I truly cherish.”
What makes you feel more warm’n fuzzy than Thanksgiving, #BlackFriday, or #CyberMonday? Giving back. Stay tuned to see what Best Buddies is cooking up for #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving on Tuesday, November 28.
It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM)! We love this year’s theme, “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” because it captures the spirit of Best Buddies! For example, the great demand for community-based, competitive employment for people with IDD drove us to create and launch Best Buddies Jobs in Miami, FL in March 1994. We now offer this program in 19 locations throughout the country and we have helped over 1,000 adults find employment.
Find out how you can join, support, or launch #BestBuddiesJobs in your home state at bestbuddies.org/jobs
This Saturday, October 14, Best Buddies will once again be featured on @AmericanGraduate Day (#AmGrad), a live public television broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around education.
With the graduation rate at an all-time high, American Graduate Day 2017 is expanding the conversation and stories beyond the high school diploma. #AmGrad will highlight the inspiring individuals and organizations that are helping students achieve career success once they graduate high school.
Award-winning journalist @soledadobrien hosts the 4-hour special on Saturday, October 14 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET on @pbs stations (check your local listings at www.pbs.org). Join the conversation using #AmGrad and tag @bestbuddies & @americangraduate on your posts!
Meet Nicholas who recently accepted a position as a housekeeper with the @flapanthers. In his new role, Nicholas is responsible for maintaining cleanliness throughout @thebbtcenter. Nicholas is doing well in his new role, and hasn’t stopped smiling!
Please join us in congratulating Nicholas on his role as part of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club.
Earlier this year, the Florida Panthers Foundation honored Best Buddies as a South Florida Community Champion, for creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We’re grateful to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club for their commitment to inclusion in the workplace. Nicholas is a great addition to the Panthers family!
My buddy Tara came by for a visit Friday. She just turned 24 and watched the Camilla Cabello concert. I love seeing her and checking in on what she is up to. Unfortunately not pictured— the prettiest glittery manicure she was showing off!! @bestbuddies
Elyse Mundelein has been involved with Best Buddies for a little over 5 years as a member of @bestbuddiesucf. Over the years Elyse has served Best Buddies in many roles such as buddy director, ambassador, and more recently Advisory Board Member. When Elyse is not representing Best Buddies, she can be found on campus at the University of Central Florida where she lives independently, attends classes, and works at the UCF Recreation & Wellness center. Elyse has many passions but one that really sticks out is her love for @zumba! In fact, she loved it so much that she put in the time and dedication to became a certified instructor. She has been teaching classes at the @ucf_rwc for over a year now and has led the warm-up at the last THREE Best Buddies Friendship Walk events in Central Florida.
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Check out our Instagram story to see her leading a Zumba class for our HQ staff and participants. Huge thanks to @hyattregencymiami for providing us the space to dance!