The Spirit of Best Buddies
I want to take a few minutes during this holiday season to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible support you have shown Best Buddies in 2016. I have been so inspired by the thousands of people like you that I have met over the years that take the time out of their own lives to promote and raise funds for our buddies. Your overwhelming energy for our mission has encouraged me to keep pushing and never forget to invite every person I meet to be a part of what we do.
With your inspiration, I was reminded one morning while riding in Miami to share our story. As I stopped at a traffic light, I was approached by a rider on his own morning ride. In the time that it took for the light to turn green, I casually admired the rider’s bike in conversation. From there, the rider continued with me while I shared the story of Best Buddies and encouraged him to join us on the Miami Challenge in November. Not only did Ralph agree to join us in 2015 for his first Challenge event, but he also sponsored a friend from his native Germany to ride alongside him.
After attending the Miami Challenge and being blown away by the passion of his fellow riders, Ralph committed to fundraising and riding with us again in 2016. He was able to bond and engage with many of our riders and program participants at training rides and events throughout the year. As the event approached and the fundraising competition kicked off, Ralph felt compelled, motivated by our mission, to do whatever he could to fundraise for our buddies. Not only did he go above and beyond his fundraising commitment, Ralph continued to ask family, friends, and colleagues to support his efforts. By event day, November 18th, Ralph not only became the top fundraiser for the Miami Challenge, but he distinguished himself as the single highest individual fundraiser in Best Buddies event history at $133,800.
Remember to always share your story. You never know who you will meet and inspire. I am so grateful to be surrounded by you and so many other amazing people in our Best Buddies family.
From our family to yours, Happy Holidays.
Anthony K. Shriver