Nonprofit Best Buddies impacting TTU students

Nonprofit Best Buddies impacting TTU students

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Since 1989, the nonprofit Best Buddies had been providing opportunities for people with intellectual and development disabilities. There are more than 2,000 chapters worldwide, including here in Lubbock. 

Nykia Barton joined Best Buddies her freshmen year at Texas Tech and was not quite sure what it was all about.

"I didn't know what I was joining when I actually joined it," Barton said. "So it's really just opened my eyes. I mean Bradley is the first friend I ever had when I moved to Tech." 

Since then, her and her best buddy, Bradley have been inseparable.

"We hang out, get ice cream, we go bowling," Barton said.

Before joining, Hunter Deluna said he had a hard time making friends.

"It's my first best friend," Deluna said. "Three years ago I was quiet and shy and nervous to her, that's why she come to me."

His buddy, Micah has noticed how far Hunter has come in his social interaction. She believed because of this organization, he and others are gaining the confidence they did not realize they had. 

"I think best buddies does an amazing job of just kind of informing everybody," Micah said. "We're hoping that maybe different people in the community can come to our events and see the change in our buddies and their interaction and see that they are just normal people like everyone else."

Click here to learn more about Best Buddies and how to get involved.

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