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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

Friday, January 27      
What Should I do in a Medical Emergency?

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm         
Buffalo State Butler Library 210

This event will provide the proper steps to take in case of a medical emergency and your reaction will be the most important thing before help arrives. 

Saturday, February 4 - E-Board Members Only!!
Leadership Training
All Day      
RIT College - Rochester, NY

We will be traveling to Rochester for Leadership Training with Best Buddies New York and all the local Western New York Chapters.

Wednesday, February 15  
Hoedown Showdown!
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
Buffal State Social Hall  

Best Buddies we will host a country line dancing event with Special Guest.

March 1-3  
Spread the Word Campaign  
Bengal Pause  
Buffalo State Campbell Student Union

Come Volunteer or Sign the Banner.

Thursday, March 2   
Spread the Word: Night of Inclusion    
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm    
Buffalo State Assembly Halls 1 and 2

Sunday, March 12   
Best Buddies Pool Party
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Buffalo State Kissinger Pool

Saturday, March 18 
Bowling Night
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kenmore Lanes
- 1691 Kenmore Ave.
See e-board to sign up

Friday, April 7
Zumba with Pom Dance Team        
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Buffalo State Buckham Gym

Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22 
Best Buddies Rochester Prom
All Day 
Sheraton Hotel - Syracuse, NY

We will leave around lunchtime on Friday and will attend Prom that evening and stay in the hotel at no cost. Travel will be done by E-Board Members and volunteers. Please make arrangements with the e-board.

Wednesday, May 3   
Closing Ceremony    
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Buffalo State Social Hall

Saturday, May 6    
Friendship Walk
Genesee Valley Park, Rochester

Inclusion Flag Football Game Showcase
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm   
Buffalo State Coyer Field

Best Buddies, Buffalo State will host their first ever Inclusion Flag Football Game Showcase! This game will capture the ability of individuals with Special Needs and their talents.

July 21-24     
International Leadership Conference   
Indiana University

Expenses to be covered on your own. 


Dates and times subject to change. Best Buddies is funded by USG through the mandatory Student Activity Fee. 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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