Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 14, 1-5 pm

The DSAGC 2017 Buddy Walk
Jerry Richardson Stadium
UNC Charlotte
Oct. 14, 2017
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 1pm-5pm, at the new Jerry Richardson Football Stadium at UNC Charlotte.

If you have any questions about setting up your personal fundraising site, please feel free to e-mail buddywalk@dsa-gc.org.

The DSAGC’s goal is to raise $205,000 from the Buddy Walk this year to support our current programs and create and sustain new programs. As always, the mission of the DSAGC is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with Down syndrome by providing information and support to individuals, families, professionals and the community through educational and social activities.

Thank you for helping to support that mission!


Buddy Walk History

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate October, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and provide an annual public platform for advocacy. It brings together people with Down syndrome and their invited “buddies” — everyone from friends and family to teachers, politicians and co-workers — to promote acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome and to raise funds for education, research and advocacy programs.

The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Hundreds of thousands of people walk from coast to coast and around the world each year. The goal of the Buddy Walk is three-fold: to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome; to raise the funds necessary to develop innovative and effective programs; and to enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.

What You Can Do:

  • Create a team and fund raise online! (Use the link to the fundraising site above.)
  • Compete with your friends to raise the most money
  • Raise awareness in your community with Buddy Walk posters and brochures
  • Help your company become a Buddy Walk sponsor
  • Volunteer on the planning committee and/or day of the event
  • Encourage Self Advocates to participate in entertainment!
  • Use Facebook to generate additional support for your team!

Helpful Documents

*These documents will update as they become available.

Buddy Walk Brochure*
Buddy Walk Poster*
Buddy Walk Sponsorship Flyer

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