Best Buddies Give Back Prime Overview 

The Best Buddies Give Back Prime is a fundraising event at each USA CRITS race nationwide. The program is designed to engage active cycling fans in a fundraising vehicle that supports competitive cyclists through added prize money and an equal support of Best Buddies International. 

Fundraising is done on-site, across social platforms, and during the live stream. Funds raised are split 50% to athletes in the form of prize money awards and 50% to Best Buddies International.  

Prime is the name for awards given out during the live racing. They help bring adding excitement to the event. The official Give Back Prime is the last prime of the night. The winner of the next to last lap in the D1 men and women’s races wins the cash prime. 

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Funds will be raised through:

  • On-site cash donations
  • On-site via text-to-give or scanning of barcodes to access pay links
  • Web and social links  
  • Chat links provided in the live stream broadcast

Operational costs will be covered allowing all the full net proceeds after transaction fees to be split evenly between athlete awards and Best Buddies International. 

The Give Back Prime on race day will be capped at $2,000 for the prime winners with $1000 each to the men’s and women’s winners. When fundraising goes over $4,000, the remaining is split with 50% going to Best Buddies and 50% going to the season-ending USA CRITS D1 purse. There is no cap on fundraising at each event or the 50% Best Buddies contribution. The cap is only on the amount given at each race to limit the impact on the overall race competition. Funds over the capped amount $2,000 will still go to athletes just via end of season awards. 

Making Local Connections

Best Buddies will partner with the events and USA CRITS to make local connections and highlight local/regional programs to encourage local giving.  This will include local volunteers on-site and the opportunity to get USA CRITS D1 teams involved surrounding the race.