Best Buddies Champion of the Year

What is Champion of the Year?

Champion of the Year is an annual eight week fundraising competition organized by Best Buddies' Advisory Board, featuring a select group of young professionals prominent in the Memphis community. These philanthropic trailblazers compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies Tennessee and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year.

By reaching out to the community to raise funds and spread awareness, candidates champion for Best Buddies, our mission, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Tennessee. We honor all of our candidates at the Champion of the Year Kickoff and Party with a Purpose.

Following the eight week campaign, Best Buddies will recognize the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations at the annual Party with a Purpose. By definition, that candidate will have surpassed all rivals in the competition; and therefore, becomes a champion. He or she will aptly receive the title of Champion of the Year, along with a trip for two to New York!

All funds raised through the 2015 Champion of the Year campaign will benefit Best Buddies Tennessee. All donations are exempt from tax.

For more information, please contact us at or (901) 937-0005.

The Candidates

The ideal candidates are business and community leaders who are ambitious, socially active, philanthropic, well-networked, and passionate about making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Candidates will receive great recognition in the Memphis and surrounding market and will have the opportunity to work with a Buddy – a person with IDD.

Our 2015 Champion of the Year Candidates
Back row: Azad Karim, Cyndi Lou Griffin, Chad Lee, Nathan Powell
Front row: Ben Sumner, Casey Newcomb, Tiffany Warmbrod
(Not pictured: Brian Cassino, Brian Ellsworth)

The Reason

Although people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have been given many legal rights over the last 50 years, they are still socially isolated in the communities in which they live. Too many individuals with IDD eat lunch by themselves every day at school, have never received a phone call from anyone outside of their family, or have someone they can call a friend.

Champion of the Year candidates are a part of the solution to this problem. The funds they raise will help Best Buddies Tennessee enhance the lives of people with IDD by matching them into one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers that can last a lifetime.

Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international non-profit organization that has grown from one original chapter at Georgetown University to more than 1,500 college, high school and middle school campuses around the world.

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Recently Registered Candidates:

Brian Cassino

Brian Ellsworth

Julie Flauder

Cyndi Lou Griffin

Azad Karim

Chad Lee

Casey Newcomb

Nathan Powell

Ben Sumner

Tiffany Warmbrod