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Best Buddies

The mission of Best Buddies Colleges is to provide an opportunity for college students to be matched in a one-to-one friendship with individuals who have intellectual disabilities. College chapters are active on 298 campuses worldwide. Each chapter is a registered student organization on their college campus.

BSC Best Buddies meets once a month on campus to have fun, organize outings, learn, have fun, network, eat, have fun, raise money and have fun (our main goal, can you tell?). Joining Best Buddies means that you commit to participating for one year and having weekly contact with your Buddy by telephone, in person or by e-mail, and attending monthly meetings. Best Buddies is a USG funded student organization.

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Best Buddies Event Calendar

Wednesday, September 7 - General Interest Meeting
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
Campbell Student Union Social Hall

Thursday, September 15 - Broadway of Clubs
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Union Quad

Saturday, September 17 - Bengals Dare to Care Day
8:45 a.m - 1:00p.m      
Sports Arena
Buffalo State College Community works together to complete Community Service Projects throughout the city of Buffalo.

Wednesday September 21 - Best Buddies & SCEC Homecoming car decorating
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Campbell Conference Room 415

Friday September 23 - Best Buddies & SCEC Homecoming Parade
1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.              
Burchfield Penny Art Gallery

Monday, October 17 - Buddy Match Party
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Butler Library 208            
College buddies and buddies are paired together in a creative way! These "matches" will be paired throughout the year.

Thursday, October 27 - Fright Fest
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.            
Butler Library 210
We get ready to celebrate Halloween, Best Buddy-style.  Costumes are encouraged. The sillier, the better.

Saturday, November 12 - Bowling Night           
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                
Kenmore Lanes - 1691 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo, NY 14217
We'll be taking over Kenmore Lanes for a few frames. $5 to play.  Space is limited so please contact an officer to RSVP or email

Monday, November 21 - Service Project TBA        
5:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.               
Butler Library 210

Saturday, December 3 - Polar Plunge!          
11:30 a.m             
meet in Cleveland Circle
Raise money money for the Special Olympics by “Freezin’ for a Reason” with your friends

Saturday, December 10 - Open Skate with Buffalo State Women's Hockey Team 
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.         
Sports Arena-Hockey Rink
Skate with the Buffalo State Women's hockey team! All ability levels are welcome - skating skills not required; just be ready to laugh and have fun.



Dates and times subject to change.
E-mail for more information.
Best Buddies is funded by USG through the mandatory Student Activity Fee.

Faculty Advisors

Lynne Sommerstein

Lecturer, EXE



Kathy Doody

Assistant Professor, EXE

In the News

Ice Skating Event - October 2014

In a first for the Buffalo State Chapter of Best Buddies, a Buffalo State sports team partnered with Best Buddies to provide a fun afternoon for everyone.  Organized by Best Buddies Secretary Charles Lapierre, the members of the Buffalo State Hockey Team supported Buffalo State students and buddies with developmental disabilities to try their hand or renew their skills at ice skating.  Over forty people participated at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.  The noise level indicated that all were having fun!  We send a big thank you to the Buffalo State Hockey Team for helping to make a great event that we hope becomes a tradition.   Buffalo State Best Buddies is a chapter of the international organization which pairs college students with individuals with developmental disabilities for one to one friendships.



Letter: Best Buddies promotes one-on-one friendships

posted in the Buffalo News: February 20, 2013

If you are looking for a good time and to socialize with a great group of people, then Best Buddies could be the group for you. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that is focused on pairing up one-on-one friendships between a student and an individual with a disability. Continue...

Best Buddies Program Earns National Honors

posted in the Buffalo State campus news: August 10, 2012

The Buffalo State chapter of the Best Buddies program was named Outstanding College Chapter of the Year during the 23rd annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference held July 20–23 at Indiana University. Continue...

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