Shadow Buddies Foundation
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Issues: Human Services
Location: 14700 West 107th Street Suite 100 Lenexa KS 66215 USA
Results: Founded September 1995-Celebrating 15th Anniversary! Started with four Shadow Buddies in 1995, over 25 buddies in 2010 Shadow Buddies for boys & girls. Available in light, medium, and dark skin tones To date, over 800,000 Shadow Buddies have been distributed Atlanta Falcons Tight-End, Tony Gonzalez has supported Shadow Buddies since 1996. He was the first NFL player to have his own buddy. In 2009, the Matt Cassel Buddy (Kansas City Chiefs QB) and the David Cook Buddy (American Idol Winner) were added to the Shadow Buddies Family
Target demographics: Children who are facing a medical challenge or crisis between the ages of infant-18 Seniors citizens
Programs: 2010 marks the 14th year that NFL Tight-End Tony Gonzalez has partnered with the Shadow Buddies Foundation. Through the combined efforts of both, Tony and the Shadow Buddies Foundation over 52,000 Tony Gonzalez buddies have been delivered to children. He also sponsors a senior Shadow Buddies program helping thousands of senior residence in nursing homes. Over 6,200 Senior Buddies have been distributed to date. The Tony Gonzalez Buddies are all medium skin toned boys dressed in a Shadow Buddies t-shirt with his name and number 88 screened on the back and Atlanta Falcons shorts. Tony is also very involved in the "Know Your Buddy Book™" program promoting compassion and understanding through education for K-6th grade.
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