Buddy Walk

BUDDY WALK® 2014 Will be held SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 from 10:00 to 1:00pm

Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls, SD.

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk® has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 300 walks planned for 2014 worldwide. In 2013, more than $12.2 million was raised nation­wide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

If you know of businesses that may be interested in sponsoring our walk, please pass along our Sponsor Letter and Sponsorship Proposal. Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering at the 2014 Buddy Walk please contact the Buddy Walk Director


Below is information from past Buddy Walks®:

Buddy Walk® 2013 Attendance: 1200+; Profit: $22,454

Buddy Walk® 2012 - Attendance: 1100+; Profit: $22,860

Buddy Walk® 2011 - Attendance: 1100+; Profit: $25,888

Buddy Walk® 2010 - Attendance: 990+; Profit: $24,620

Buddy Walk® 2009 - Attendance: 800+; Profit: $12,400   

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"I can't say enough for all of the hard work you all went through to make the day a success and would like to THANK YOU for putting this together!"

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"The Buddy Walk® is always amazing… otherwise we wouldn't travel from Minnesota every year to attend! What we love the most is the friendly atmosphere, not only from the staff and sponsors, but the families especially; everyone is always relaxed and positive, and always willing to listen and lend a hand, if needed. We will continue supporting the New Directions' Buddy Walk® and its message!"


It was such a wonderful day to be had by one and all! You put on an amazing day of fun activities, and we met new people that we are already looking forward to seeing again next year at the Buddy Walk®!"

"Awesome event! I'm already excited for next year's walk!"


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