Volley for Buddies puts on another ace effort

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While many people were out enjoying gatherings and BBQ’s over this past Labor Day Weekend, there was a continuous game of volleyball for 48 hours going on at Mulligans Island in Cranston.

Approximately 200 people formed 32 teams to raise funds for Best Buddies. NBC10, once again, hosted the event along with Blue Fish Bowl/Blast Volleyball, Cardi’s Furniture and Mulligan’s Island to raise money for Best Buddies in Rhode Island’s adult friendship program, The Citizens Program. This Program matches adults with and without intellectuals and developmental disabilities in mutually beneficial one-to-one friendships. The event pulled in $4,000.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to chapters in all 50 states and in the 35 countries around the world. Our six formal programs - Best Buddies Middle schools, High schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies and Jobs - positively impact hundreds of thousands of people each year. Best Buddies friendship programs pair students with intellectual disabilities with their non-disabled peers to create opportunities for meaningful friendships.

Players play for six hours using a tourney format of four teams on one court. All players are assigned to a team, given a color-coded T-shirt, and play for six hours. All skill levels were welcome for a donation of $20 per player and participants received a free T-shirt.

To learn more about Best Buddies call 854-3434 or go to www.bestbuddies.org/rhodeisland.

Last year the event raised $37,000 and this year the Volley For Buddies is the kickoff to the month of fundraising events for Best Buddies. Best Buddies is hoping to exceed that this year in the month of September. The NBC Channel 10 Volley For Buddies is now an annual event. Last year due to the Olympics was run in August, and they have settled on Labor Day weekend for future years.

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