Member Spotlight: Patrick Schwarzenegger

August 10, 2011

Name: Patrick Schwarzenegger

Age: 17

From: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Student/Entrepreneur

Why did you join TEAM MARIA?

I joined Team Maria because of my Mom! But seriously, I grew up in a family that considers public service to be of paramount importance. I know that everyone on Team Maria is dedicated to helping fund and raise awareness for Best Buddies and they’re clearly trying to make a difference.

Why is the Best Buddies program, and its mission, so important?

It’s so important because it allows people with intellectual disabilities to live the fulfilling lives they were meant to have. Best Buddies gives Buddies the opportunity to bond and build friendships with people they normally wouldn’t have known. These relationships help highlight the abilities and talents of Buddies not just cater to their different needs.

What motivates you to participate in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle?

I believe that everyone should be treated equal. People with intellectual disabilities should have the same opportunities and chances that we all do. We should all have the right to work, play and thrive in the life we choose. By riding in the Challenge I’m supporting Best Buddies, giving confidence to the Buddies and raise money and awareness for an important cause.

Anything else you would like to share?

Check out the bracelet created for Team Maria in support of Best Buddies made by my company Project 360 and the other great causes we support!


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