is a world-wide non-profit organization, which encourages the social integration of persons who have intellectual disabilities. Best Buddies International was created in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver
while attending Georgetown University
. Since that time the programs has spread into 40 countries. Best Buddies now offers 6 different programs, Best Buddies Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools, Citizens, E-buddies and Jobs.
In the United States there are about 645 high schools that participate in Best Buddies, located across 18 states including: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Best Buddies Challenge
The Best Buddies Challenge
is a biannual bicycling
event in the United States
that raises money for Best Buddies International
. The first Best Buddies Challenge, the Hyannis Port
Challenge, is generally held in May, in the Boston
area. It follows a course from the Kennedy Compound to Cape Cod
. A celebration including a clambake and private concert follows for all participants. The second Challenge, The Hearst Castle
Challenge takes place along the Pacific Coast Highway
from Carmel, California
to San Simeon, California
in October. The ride start at a winery and follows the famed PCH and finishes at the Hearst Ranch. Riders then enjoy a celebration with a BBQ and private concert.