Buddy Walk 2016 is Here!
Buddy Walk® 2016 will be held this year at the Gulfport Sportsplex
on October 15th. On line pre-registration for teams and individuals will begin
August 27th. Walk in registration will begin at 3:00 p.m. on the evening of 10/15/2016, however, we encourage you to register on line in advance to be guaranteed a shirt for this year’s walk. Walk will begin at approximately
Can we make 6,000 walkers this year? Help us make this happen.
Join us for a Fun Walk in Support of GCDSS
Join us for the one-mile fun walk and festivities! NO registration fee is required to participate, but there is a $5 suggested donation to cover the cost of the t-shirt. You can walk as an individual or create your own team! Ask your family members, co-workers, teachers, classmates, friends and church family to join you. The team with the most walkers present will be recognized. Although fundraising is optional, donations help support our mission!
2016 Buddy Walk Calendar
Saturday, 08/20:Volunteer Kick Off Meeting - Kroc Center - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 08/25:Team Captain Meeting - Sportsplex - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10/1:Individual/Team PRE-Registration Ends
Saturday, 10/1:Sponsorships Due
Saturday, 10/8:T-shirt Distribution Party & Turn in donations to GCDSS at Gulfport Sportsplex 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m
2016 Buddy Walk Schedule
3:00pmCheck-in / Walk-Up Registration begins.
All children’s activities will be open!
4:00pmWelcome/Introduction of Guests and Grand Marshalls
Presentation of colors and National Anthem —followed by a One Mile Fun Walk around the fields
Reconvene at stage for Entertainment
5:00pmPresentation of medals to the individuals with Down syndrome.
medals to groups with the most individual walkers
7:00pmHope you enjoyed the fun!! See you and your buddies next year.
About The Buddy Walk
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. Today, the Buddy Walk® program is
supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support
groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.
Over the past twenty-one years, the Buddy Walk® program has grown from 17 walks to
more than 300 expected in 2010 across the country and around the world. Last
year alone, 315,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk®! They raised $13
million to benefit national education, research and advocacy initiatives, as
well as local programs. These funds enable NDSS and local groups to offer
services that support and enhance the quality of life for individuals with Down
syndrome and their families.
The Buddy Walk® is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without
special training. It is a wonderful, heart-warming event that celebrates the
many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you
have Down Syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support,
come and join us for our Buddy Walk®!
Buddy Walk Links
National Down Syndrome Society
Buddy Walk Online Forms
Buddy Walk Team Registration
Buddy Walk Sponsor Registration
Buddy Walk Volunteer Registration
Buddy Walk Brochures and Mail-in Forms
Buddy Walk Brochure
Buddy Walk Team Registration