Team CT Rides Again

Team CT recently road with the best of them in the Hyannis Port Audi Best Buddies Challenge Bike-a-Thon. The annual event is an opportunity to enhance friendships, teamwork and the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For seven years, Best Buddies CT has entered a team and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) staff have participated in the race. This year, Commissioner Peter H. O’Meara, Mary Sheehan,        completed the 90 mile course from Boston to Hyannis Port, while Fred Balicki,       completed a 20 mile leg from Sandwich to Hyannis Port.
The team managed to grab a quick lunch the other day to share stories and pictures about the race. For the team, the day was just the culmination of months of preparing for the ride both mentally and physically. In addition, TEAM CT spent the past year holding fund raising events to support Best Buddies by having bake sales, raffles and selling chocolate bars throughout DDS offices. In all, the 13 member team raised over $18,000.
“This year's 2009 Best Buddies ride took it to a new level for me,” said Fred Balicki,      .   “We were able to recruit new riders, have profitable fundraising events at DDS, and network better to promote Best Buddies in Connecticut and the Hyannis Port Challenge bike ride.  My buddy Greg and I are looking forward next years event.”
For Mary DiPietro, IT Manager it was more than she ever could of imagined. Her first time participating in the challenge, Ms. DiPietro put together a short diary of her
Race to Hyannis Port.
In his eighth race, Commissioner Peter H. O'Meara road the 90-mile leg. "It is always a crueling ride especially near the end, but at least this year the weather cooperated," said Commissioner O'Meara. "Best Buddies is an amazing organization and the race is just one way someone can be a part something bigger than themelves." 
The Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port is a truly unique five-star event that fosters friendship, teamwork and the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. On May 30, 2009, celebrities, athletes, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and people just like you, will take the challenge, and come together on bike and on foot to make a difference and change lives.
It's much more than a ride, a run, or a walk. It's an experience. With VIP treatment along the way, and a concert, lobster bake and party at the finish, the Audi Best Buddies Challenge is an experience of a lifetime that you don't want to miss.