Led by award-winning journalist, best-selling author and activist, Maria Shriver, Team Maria rides to raise awareness and support for Best Buddies International, an organization founded by her brother, Anthony Kennedy Shriver, dedicated to creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Maria Shriver’s team participants in the annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle to ride and walk each year in memory of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver. Since the inaugural Challenge in 2004, Maria has served as the event’s honorary chairwoman. This will be the eighth consecutive year Maria will lead Team Maria with co-captain Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom.
In total, Team Maria has raised over $2 million and recruited over 500 riders. The team has been honored to have the support of fantastic friends and fabulous companies over the years – many of which are California-based. Some of our top sponsors have included Safeway, Shell, Pfizer, Bayer Healthcare, MY Skincare, and The California Endowment. Some, like Chevron, have even left the team to form their own corporate ride teams which we couldn’t be happier about. Above all else, it’s about inspiring others to support people with intellectual disabilities.
On September 10, 2016, Team Maria will be joined once again by celebrities, athletes, people with intellectual disabilities, and individuals just like you, to take part in the Challenge along California’s breathtaking coastline, and come together on bike and on foot to make a difference and change lives. We invite you to join us and support thousands of people with IDD as a part of Team Maria.
Maria has many other wonderful causes. To find out more about them, please visit: www.mariashriver.com