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Plant High students and kids with special needs bond over sailing, fishing and golf

Students teamed up with Best Buddies program
Posted: 3:17 AM, Nov 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-19 07:24:33-05
Best Buddies Tampa Plant High sailing

TAMPA, Fla. — Plant High School senior Spencer Brooks needed to log some community service hours for the school’s sailing team.

But he didn’t love his options.

“The suggestion I got was to do a trash pickup on the beach,” said Spencer. “But I really didn’t want to pick up other people’s trash. I want to help people.”

Spencer came up with a bold beautiful idea. He teamed up with Plant High’s sailing, golfing and fishing teams to host a day of bonding and fun with the school’s Best Buddies program for kids with special needs.

Best Buddies is a volunteer-based international program celebrating friendships and relationships with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Monday's event at the Davis Islands Yacht Club included fishing off the docks, sailing on the calm water and putt-putting on a makeshift green.

It was a smash hit with everybody.

“This is spectacular!” cheered one Best Buddies student as he sailed off into the beautiful day.