A Best Buddies Story: Dan "Dangerous Dan" Bivins
Dan has taken on the important role of a Best Buddies Ambassador, advocating for an organization that has given him great support and friendship over the years. In his capacity as an ambassador, he has met celebrities and many other inspirational people, has sung the "Star-Spangled Banner" in Washington DC and has been an inspiration to many people himself along the way, us included.
Below, we take some time to get to know Dan a bit better, find out the meaning behind that nickname and hear all about his connection to the organization we run, ride and fundraise to support.
MTEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
DAN BIVINS: Hi, my name is Dan Bivins. I am from Massachusetts. I am a Best Buddies Ambassador for the State of Massachusetts. I am Director of Best Buddies for Stonehill College. I love to sing and make music videos. I'm doing a project working on a music video "Too Cool for School". Casey Desmond and Mary Desmond are helping me out with my song and music video.
MTEAM: When and how did you become an ambassador for Best Buddies?
DB: I got an award at Milton High School to become a Best Buddies Ambassador.
MTEAM: What are some of the coolest things you get to do as an ambassador for Best Buddies?
DB: I traveled to Miami, Florida and California. Rick Springfield asked some people to come up on stage at the Best Buddies Clambake for the Best Buddies Challenge in Washington, DC to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner."
MTEAM: What do you love most about the Best Buddies? How have they helped to support you?
DB: Best buddies is amazing. I love it so much. It gives me a family. I love Best Buddies, all my family and friends supporting me.
MTEAM: Do you have a favorite memory from the Best Buddies Challenge this past June?
DB: Best Buddies Challenge is amazing! I love want I do. I worked hard. I have a lot of memories at Best Buddies Challenges doing rest stops and being host for Best Buddies Challenges.
MTEAM: How did you get the nickname Dangerous Dan? What does it mean to you?
DB: My nickname is Dangerous Dan. I made it up all by myself. It's positive and says just be yourself, be how you are, never change how you are, never give up, be yourself.
MTEAM: Have you met anyone through Best Buddies who really inspires you? Who?
DB: Anthony K Shriver inspires me.
MTEAM: You were featured in one of our recent videos - thank you! What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the MTeam?
DB: Come on guys! Join the MTeam! It's amazing!
MTEAM: Tell us about the short film you made with Sasha Pedro! Can we share the film with our readers?
DB: My friend Sasha did a project in school and asked me to make a documentary. I said yes, go for it!
MTEAM: What would you say to someone who was thinking about supporting Best Buddies but not sure?
DB: Best Buddies is amazing. Be apart of it! It's fun!