An Interview with Dakota Campbell
Associate Consultant, Putnam & Rider for the Best Buddies Challenge
What made you become involved with Best Buddies? How long have you participated?
I initially got involved with Best Buddies because I wanted to begin doing 1-2 charitable events per year, have a sister with Down’s Syndrome, and knew Tom Brady was closely affiliated (so it seemed like a good fit!) This is my 2nd year participating.
What do you enjoy the most about the Best Buddies Challenge?
I enjoy the day of the ride the most, specifically the post-ride celebration on the beach.
What would you like people to know about the Challenge and are there ways for people to get involved without doing the ride?
The challenge is a great event because if you want to participate in a charity, there’s a low fundraising target (relative to other charity events) and an even lower physical threshold. There’s a 5K and 20 mike bike for people who find the physical aspect daunting. You can also volunteer for the event as staff running the rest stops, post-ride event, etc. Besides the Challenge, there’s also a ton of opportunities at the events they hold during the year to volunteer and get involved without the fundraising/physical commitments. The charity as a whole supports the awesome cause of supporting kids and adults with intellectual/development disabilities.
The Best Buddies Challenge is a charity ride that supports Best Buddies International, a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.