Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver 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, has announced its 2016 South Florida Friendship Walk will take place at Museum Park on Saturday, Apr. 23.
The event will feature the state walk honoree, long-time Best Buddies supporter Holland & Knight, an international law firm that has been recognized for its leadership in employing individuals with IDD. bThe Best Buddies Friendship Walk in South Florida is the latest life-changing movement created By Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 55,000 participants have walked in more than 26 states and three countries, raising more than $5 million for Best Buddies. The Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
“We are thrilled to host the Friendship Walk and further involve the South Florida community with Best Buddies,” said Anthony K. Shriver, founder and chair of Best Buddies International. “This community is passionate about supporting Best Buddies’ mission of friendship and social inclusion. It is such an incredible feeling to know that every participant and team is walking to improve the lives of those with IDD, and to create a more inclusive work force for those with special needs.”
The event will bring together some of South Florida’s most notable residents and celebrity supporters. Best Buddies South Florida expects to have 3,000 participants lacing up their shoes to walk for inclusion this month. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk commences at 10 a.m. at Museum Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd. Following the walk, participants can join Best Buddies for a day of fun, family, fitness and friendship.
Those interested in participating in the Friendship Walk are encouraged to register on the walk website: bestbuddies.org/soflowalk. Participants can create or join a team to raise awareness and funds with family, friends, and co-workers. Best Buddies South Florida also welcomes volunteers for the day of the event. Volunteers may register on the Friendship Walk website.
Proceeds from the Friendship Walk play a fundamental part in funding state programs that provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with IDD. These programs can be found in all 50 states and will create promising opportunities for more than 350,000 people this year.