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Best Buddies International Spotlight

Best Buddies International hosts many events throughout the year as a way to raise awareness and much-needed funds for our programs. The events vary in style and location. However, all are consistent in their mission to support Best Buddies International and to ensure that those in attendance enjoy the experience.

On October 23rd, Best Buddies and Special Olympics partnered to host the inaugural Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge in Washington, DC. The EKS Challenge featured a number of events that started and ended at the Washington Monument on the National Mall. Events included:

  • 20 mile cycling event
  • 5K run
  • 3K run
  • 3K walk
  • Youth Fun Runs
  • Criterium Friendship Races
  • Award Ceremony and private luncheon

This event was held to help further ensure that the legacy of Mrs. Shriver will continue to live on through the efforts of Special Olympics and Best Buddies working to build more communities of acceptance and inclusion.

On November 19th, Best Buddies will be hosting the 14th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala. This year the event will celebrate Best Buddies International's 50 Nations by 2010 initiative in a spectacular multi-nation themed evening. This wonderful evening will include a gourmet dinner, unique live and silent auctions, and outstanding entertainment and dancing.

On the evening of November 19th students will be able to participate in the Best Buddies Bash. Eunice Shriver and a superstar group of philanthropic high school students have teamed up to host this fun evening event. They are bringing Jason Derulo to the Miami Gala and opening the concert to over 400 Miami-Dade and Broward students. The event is open to all students.

There are Best Buddies events that happen in various states throughout the United States and countries throughout the world. To learn more about past and upcoming Best Buddies International events, please visit You can also visit your state's Best Buddies website to learn more about special events happening in your area.

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