Welcome to Best Buddies at the University of Tennessee
315 University Center # 331 1534 Stadium Drive Knoxville,TN 37996



The Only way to have a friend is to be one

 








buddies@utk.edu

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Best Buddies Mission
OUR PURPOSE IS TO:

Promote Friendships between UT students and clients of the Sertoma Center who have mental disabilities

Encourage an attitude of friendship and understanding in the way Knoxville citizens and UT students view people with disabilities

Help foster feelings of independence and self-worth in our Buddies and ourselves, and to foster a strong belief in community service in College Buddies

WITH THESE PURPOSES IN MIND, WE PLEDGE TO:

Keep our promises and commitments to our Buddies and to hold each other accountable to these commitments

Hold campus and city-wide events to promote awareness of the potential found in individuals who have developmental disabilities

Conduct ourselves in manners becoming of an organization that seeks to serve other people



Making A Difference

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with mental retardation by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with disabilities are so successfully integrated into our schools, our workplaces, and our communities that our services will be unnecessary.

Until that day, our vision is to educate high school and college students, community citizens, and employers about the needs and abilities of people with mental retardation. The challenge is astounding, but with the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, it is attainable.



Favorite Activities

Picnic Tyson Park

Cotton Eyed Joe's

Mayfield Dairy

Book Blowout

Christmas Dinner

Knoxville Ballet

Bowling

Chatanooga Aquarium

Movie Marathon


Local Contributors

Kroger

Regal Cinemas

TN Valley Elks #1152

Mr. Herbert Jared

Mark, Jeff, Matt (S-519)


Site constructed by Lucas Knight
In honor of Emily McSpadden / director 98-00