Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The Best Buddies Challenges are a national series of five-star ride, walk and run events held in Massachusetts, California and Florida. Our three events, the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle and Best Buddies Challenge: Miami offer breathtaking scenery, VIP amenities, celebrity guests, and amazing concert afterparties.
Funds raised through the Best Buddies Challenge - presented by Santander benefits Best Buddies International - the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.