The Best Buddies Foundation was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, the son on Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the Special Olympics. For the Kennedy’s and Shriver’s, working to help people with special needs has always been a project close to their heart. The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What is so great about the Best Buddies Challenge is that it allows people who support the cause and those with special needs themselves to raise money by being active.
The Best Buddies Challenge allows those registered to either take part in a 62 mile bike race, 20 mile bike race, or a 5k walk/run. This year, EBeauty was a Constitutional Sponsor and our team took place in the 5k walk. The walk took a little under an hour to complete and afterwords there was not a lack of activities to keep one entertained. For those interested in “hi-jinx” and that sort of nonsense, there were potato sack races, one-legged races and all sorts of fun games. For those interested and exhausted after a day of walking, running, and especially biking, there were massages being offered. In the large tent which you needed a red bracelet to get into there was coffee being offered. At 11 o’clock Ridgewells Catering served a delicious gourmet lunch and then Anthony Shriver began speaking. He announced all the winners of the days races as well as thanked the many sponsors. The President of Audi got up and gave a speech, announcing that they would be sponsoring the DC Challenge for the next three years. Ted Leonisis, the owner of the Washington Capitals got up for about ten seconds and told everyone to enjoy their food. He seemed to be the most famous man there and he knew that no one wanted to hear a long drawn out speech. A little after 12, Kool and the Gang finally got on stage and began with the music. It was not a show to miss and the perfect end to a wonderful day. This year the Best Buddies DC Challenge raised double than what was raised last year. They hope to exceed the fundraising that is done by the Best Buddies Challenge in California. With the pace they are going on, it seems like that is not a far off goal.