|Name||Anthony Kennedy Shriver|
, Florida , United States
|| July 20, 1965
Dec 24, 2014 02:29pm
|Info||Anthony Kennedy Shriver is the Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International, which he established in 1989 to realize one-to-one friendships between non-disabled students and people with intellectual disabilities. Recognizing the tremendous volunteer potential of university students, Mr. Shriver first inspired his fellow college peers to personally collaborate in expanding the realm of opportunities that persons with intellectual disabilities experience. |
Today, through Mr. Shriver's stewardship and entrepreneurial spirit, Best Buddies has grown into a leading not-for-profit entity with increasing international reach across six continents � creating mutually enriching one-to-one friendships and competitive employment opportunities, respectively, for people with intellectual disabilities.
Best Buddies is comprised of six programmatic divisions, positively impacting over 250,000 participants every year. The organization is active in each of the 50 United States, and operates accredited international programs in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates; with additional country programs in various phases of development. By 2010, Best Buddies will continue to build on its successful volunteer base in all 50 States, further expand its programs to 50 countries and actively engage more than 500,000 annual participants worldwide.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Shriver has been presented � in recognition of his work on behalf of Best Buddies International � with such honors as the 2004 President's Call to Service Award by the President of the United States' Council on Service & Civic Participation; the 1999 Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Younger; the 1998 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.