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March 20th, 2009
Texas State students to help intellectually disabled


Best Buddies Midnight Madness, a student-run scavenger hunt to raise awareness and funds for people with intellectual disabilities, is hitting San Marcos on April 3.

After receiving their task list at registration, Texas State students will range across San Marcos in six- to 10-person teams, representing numerous campus organizations, for a 12-hour “Quest for the Booty.”

The teams will search out items on campus and in town, interact with the community and put themselves in amusing situations to earn points towards a first place finish.

Participants will enjoy free food and prizes along the way. The event will be capped with an after-party at midnight.

All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-on-one friendships with students and citizens. Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, whose mother, Eunice Mary Kennedy, started the Special Olympics movement.

Best Buddies, based in Miami, has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,300 schools, including several colleges, and is represented in 42 countries outside the U.S.

Teams can register until the day of the event at the Midnight Madness website, or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in the Texas State Quad between March 30 and April 2. The $10 fee will admit teams to both the scavenger hunt and the after-party.

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