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May 30, 2007

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Audi and Best Buddies, which is devoted to integrating people with intellectual disabilities, announce international partnership

Audi and Best Buddies International are as of now entering into a close partnership. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for one-to-one friendship between people with intellectual disabilities and non-disabled people, and integrated employment for people with intellectual disabilities.


For the next five years, Audi will be the exclusive automotive sponsor of Best Buddies within the Americas and support numerous projects and fundraising events in Europe and overseas.

The Audi/Best Buddies partnership kicked off with the introduction of the Audi RS 4 Friendship Car designed by world-renowned neo-pop artist Romero Britto.

Tom Brady, Best Buddies supporter and star quarterback for the American football club New England Patriots, was the first to receive the Audi RS 4 Friendship Car on May 21, 2007 at an exclusive cocktail event held at Louis Boston’s “Restaurant L” on Newberry Street, Boston.

The car, which was unveiled in April at Art Chicago, will embark on a tour of some of the world’s most captivating cities between New York, London and Mexico D. F. culminating in Miami, where it will be the centerpiece of a live auction benefiting Best Buddies.

“What strikes me most about Best Buddies is the simplicity – and magnitude – of the mission,” says the sports star. “Friendship is a simple idea. Connecting people who may not normally be friends and changing the way people think about people with intellectual disabilities – that’s huge. I commend supporters like Audi, who make the growth of this incredible organization possible through initiatives like the Audi RS 4 Friendship Car.

About Best Buddies International

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization devoted solely to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,300 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the Unite and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. We have accredited international programs on six continents; with additional country programs under active development. Our six formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies and Jobs – positively impact more than 350,000 individuals. For more information, please visit www.bestbuddies.org.

The new Audi and Best Buddies partnership begins as Best Buddies expands its program in Germany and its neighboring countries. Inaugurated in 2005, Best Buddies Germany is a vibrant program addition to Best Buddies International's growing overseas presence. With its headquarters office in Berlin, Best Buddies Germany is expanding its friendship programs to Hamburg, Munich and Nuremberg.

All Photos: Audi

(May 24, 2007)

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