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Washington-Lee ‘Best Buddies’ celebrate fundraising success with night of football

Before the Washington-Lee High School football game Friday night in Arlington, student volunteers in the Best Buddies program and their “buddies” — students with intellectual or developmental disabilities — will join the team for dinner and meet actress Lauren Potter from the television show “Glee.”

The Washington-Lee chapter of Best Buddies, founded just two years ago, raised more money for the nonprofit group than any other middle or high school chapter in the Washington area. With bake sales, a car wash and personal appeals, the chapter has pulled in $4,500 so far as part of a fundraising challenge.

Several members of the Washington-Lee Generals football team participate in the club, which has more than 100 members. At least two football players, Benjamin Bean and Trevor McManus, are matched with buddies.

The chapter will attend the team’s pre-game dinner, then scrimmage with the team. After the scrimmage, they will watch the Generals face off against the Hayfield Hawks from Fairfax County. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a cycling fundraiser in Washington with more than 2,000 volunteers expected to race 20, 50 or 100 miles to benefit Best Buddies International.

Catholic University has raised the most money in the challenge so far, more than $7,600.

Susan Svrluga is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering higher education for the Grade Point blog.

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