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Best Buddies and Unified Bocce Raise Over $3,000 for Special Olympics

polar plunge team poses with a special olympics bannerFebruary 26, 2024

Members of Pine-Richland High School Best Buddies club and Unified Bocce team raised $3,145 for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, culminating in their participation in the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge February 23 at Acrisure Stadium. Pine-Richland’s 35 participants were sponsored by family, friends and colleagues.

More than $196,000 was raised by participating schools in the 2024 Cool Schools Three Rivers Region. 
The Best Buddies program helps to build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy. Similarly, Pine-Richland's Unified Bocce team pairs two Special Olympics athletes with two unified partners, helping to promote inclusion, acceptance and respect. 

Pine-Richland’s team is still accepting donations at https://give.specialolympicspa.org/team/547368.