For more than a decade, Buffalo State has been involved in the national nonprofit organization, Best Buddies. It's a program that empowers those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
All year, the Buffalo State chapter has been holding events for those involved whether it be a walk, an activity or a get together. On Sunday they held their final big event of the season, a flag football game at Buffalo State's Coyer Field.
When asked about the most rewarding part about this program, Autumn Jenks, a Buffalo State junior said, "All of their smiles on their faces while they're participating and knowing that they're getting opportunities not to showcase their disability, but rather their abilities."
A handful of Buffalo State students were on hand to play with those involved with the program and gave a chance for their parents and members of the public to come out and see what the program does for those involved.
"Doctors had said he wasn't supposed to walk or talk," said Karen Jordan, a parent who's son is involved in Best Buddies. "Patrick has been a fighter since day one and he has continued and wants to thrive and be able to do what everybody else is able to do or at least be offered the opportunity. He has made tremendous accomplishments thanks to this program."
The Best Buddies program will hold their closing ceremony on Wednesday, May 9th.