What is the Buddy Walk?
The Buddy Walk has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. The Buddy Walk program was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The name Buddy Walk promotes inclusion between friends of every ability. The National Buddy Walk Program has grown from 17 Walks in 1995 to over 250 this year! This global event now has over 330,000 participants raising more than $14.2 million.
The walk begins at Capitol Park and ends at the Gene Harris bandshell in Julia Davis Park. There will be live entertainment, raffle prizes, bounce houses, games, and food trucks with food for purchase.
Registration starts at 9:00am, the walk begins at 11:00am. The walk ends at Julia Davis Park and that's when the festivities begin!
When you support the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association (TVDSA) Buddy Walk, you help create awareness and acceptance for people who have Down syndrome in the Treasure Valley. And by supporting the TVDSA, you help provide programs and education to families and advocate for those with disabilities. Support a friend who has Down syndrome or come meet one that day!