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Quarterback of the New England Patriots of the National Football League, Tom Brady, joined Best Buddies International on the weekend of May 30 as honorary chairman of the Best Buddies bike challenge ride of Boston.

The Audi Best Buddies Challenge (ABBC) cycling event and the Carl Lewis Walk/Run Challenge are exciting adventures along a challenging and beautiful course, with active participation and inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities, that ends with a star-studded celebrity criterium race. 100% of the money raised by participants benefits Best Buddies International in carrying out its mission of providing friends and jobs for people with intellectual disabilities.

The ABBC weekend has the feel of a big family gathering, as participants, celebrities and new buddies ride side-by-side. The ride finishes with a one-of-a-kind post-ride party, including a concert and dinner. Past concert performers range from The Black Eyed Peas, Jon Bon Jovi, Marc Anthony to The B52’s!

Past notable guests at Best Buddies events include athletes like Carl Lewis, as well as celebrities Cindy Crawford, Robert De Niro and Kevin Spacey, to name just a few!

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing friends and jobs for people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,400 middle school, high school and college campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services that estimate a value of $70 million – at no cost to the community.

Today, Best Buddies programs annually impact the lives of more than 350,000 volunteers and people with intellectual disabilities in hundreds of communities around the world.

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, Miss Teen USA Stevi Perry, The Brady Brunch actress Maureen McCormick and Mini Me movie star Verne Troyer also got into gear for the ride to aid people with intellectual disabilities.

If you missed out on the Boston Best Buddies ride with Tom Brady, there’ll be another in LA with Maria Shriver in September.

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