The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The event, which now is hosted by more than 250 organizations, has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States and the world's most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community.
The annual Buddy Walk® of the Valley is DSAV’s main fundraiser. Each year, more than 2,500 people attend this symbolic walk that raises money via pledges, sponsors and entrance fees.
DRIVE-THRU FOR DOWN SYNDROME
Sunday, September 20 from noon – 1:30pm at Eastwood Field (Niles, OH)
We are carefully following the federal, state, and local guidelines at it relates to COVID-19. At this time, we are planning DSAV Buddy Walk: Drive-Thru for Down Syndrome. All are invited to drive through the parade route from the safety of their own vehicles in support of their Buddy. Come see your favorite characters, mascots, support your buddy, and help DSAV continue its mission to create opportunities for our local Down syndrome Community!
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN DSAV'S 2020 BUDDY WALK® OF THE VALLEY
CREATE YOUR OWN TEAM
Form a team in spring of 2020.
Recruit teammates who collect pledges.
Pick up t-shirts for your team at the DSAV office.
Turn in money to DSAV.
JOIN A TEAM
Join a team in spring of 2020.
Turn in your money to your team captain.
Get your t-shirt from your team captain.
ASK TO BE PLACED ON THE DSAV HOME TEAM.
DSAV has its own team, made up of individuals who don’t have other team placements.
Turn in your money to DSAV office.
Pick up your t-shirt at the DSAV office.
SUPPORT BY ATTENDING THE EVENT
Pay $13 entrance fee at the gate.
BE A SPONSOR
Join the businesses and individuals who sponsor this event every year!
HOST A FAMILY ACTIVITY
Club and businesses are invited to host their own free family activity.
Display brochures at table.