Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Shriver. Over time, our volunteer group has grown from one state to 50 states in the United States of America. The Best Buddies Program comprises six programs; namely, high schools, middle schools, colleges, citizens, e-buddies, and jobs.

Currently, we run a Best Buddies high school, college, and e-buddies program in the State of Arizona.


The mission of starting Best Buddies is to make better the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities. We do this by offering opportunities for one-to-one friendships as well as integrated employment. Our volunteers offer community service on an annual basis.

Our community service is equal to over $70 Million USD.  We travel around Arizona and play golf to foster relationships and make a difference.