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Coco Warner ReportingMarch is a month known for spring and basketball, but it's also "Best Buddies" month. Best Buddies is an international organization that provides friendships between those who are intellectually disabled and those who aren't.
You couldn't have picked a prettier day for Utah's Best Buddies "Barnival" out at Wheeler Farm. There were plenty of games, dancing and celebrating friendships that go beyond appearances.
The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization. Part barn dance and part carnival, the "Barnival" activity brings together buddies and family members from the 15 university and high school chapters across the state.
Toni Geddes is the state director of Best Buddies Utah. She says, "So, we've got chapters coming from Logan to Provo, both high school and college kids to adults to celebrate the friendships that have been formed over the past year."
Brock Anderson raved about his Buddy, "He's got a contagious smile, he's great, he's so happy, he's such a positive person, and he helps me be a better friend."
Brock was paired up with Stephen White two years ago when Brock was attending Utah State. Even though Brock now lives in Salt Lake City and Stephen in Logan, the two keep in touch with frequent phone calls. Both are big sports fans. In fact, the duo is up for Volvo's annual Life Friendship award for their outstanding contributions to Best Buddies.
Brock says there are so many things that Stephen can do, it's easy to focus on his abilities versus any disabilities.
They'll find out the results of the national competition in just a few weeks.