BOSTON, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On December 21st, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady and Event Chair John Hailer, President & CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the Americas & Asia will kick-off the 17th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port with a private reception for Team Tom Brady members. Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III will join Brady as the event's Honorary Co-Chairs.
"Best Buddies is a fantastic organization with a great message to spread, and I am so proud to support their work," said Tom Brady. "I hope my role as Honorary Co-Chair will continue to bring attention to the organization's mission of friendship and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the world."
"It's gratifying to be part of an organization that recognizes the immense potential in people with intellectual and developmental challenges and strives to build a world of inclusion," said John Hailer, President & CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management for the Americas & Asia. "Civic engagement is everyone's responsibility, and I look forward to doing my part in this year's Challenge."
"We are delighted to be returning to Massachusetts for our 17th annual Challenge and we are thrilled that Tom Brady, Guy Fieri, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III and John Hailer will join us in support of this event," says Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. "Their dedication to the Best Buddies mission of inclusion - along with that of all Challenge participants - has helped bring an even greater awareness to the infinite abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess."
The 17th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, will take place on June 3 – 4, 2016 benefitting Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity football game, walk, run and ride to benefit the organization.
Hyannis Port Challenge supporters include Natixis Global Asset Management, BNY Mellon, Hublot, Pepsi-Cola Company, Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys LLP, The TJX Companies Inc., Greenberg Traurig LLP, Santander Bank, CVS Health, John Hancock, NBC/WHDH, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Bob's Discount Furniture, Cooking with Kids Foundation, Eaton Vance Investment Management, Energi, The GEO Group Foundation Inc., Cannondale, Mark Edward Partners, Market Basket, The Parthenon Group, Pilot Freight Services, and CBS Radio/98.5 The Sports Hub & Mix 104.1.
BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL:
Best Buddies® 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. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies' eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of more than 900,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
SOURCE Best Buddies International