Buddy Walk®

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2024 Buddy Walk®

Location: ​Eastwood Field, Niles
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2024
Empowering Unity: 2024 Buddy Walk®
Join us for the 17th Annual Buddy Walk®, a cherished tradition dedicated to celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month and promoting acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome. Established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, the Buddy Walk® has evolved into 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.

Uniting for Change: Buddy Walk® of the Valley
The Buddy Walk® of the Valley is not just a walk; it's a movement towards acceptance and empowerment. As DSAV's main fundraiser and the only nationally licensed walk in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, this symbolic event brings together more than 2,000 individuals each year to raise funds through pledges, sponsors, and entrance fees.

Mark your calendars for September 15, 2024, at Eastwood Field in Niles, and be a part of this inspiring event. Individuals with Down Syndrome enjoy free admission but must register to receive an event T-shirt and Buddy Medal. Gates open at 11:45 am, with the 1/2 awareness walk commencing at 1:00 pm.

Celebrating Together: Family-Friendly Activities
Experience a day filled with family-friendly activities, including dancing, bounce houses, and captivating performances by Disney Princesses, local cheerleaders, and dance teams. The Buddy Walk® Lane offers an exciting opportunity for team captains to register one vehicle, drive into the gated area of Eastwood Field, and set up "tailgate style" before the event begins. It's the perfect gathering point for teams to meet, celebrate, and enjoy refreshments in a festive atmosphere. We encourage teams to bring folding tables, chairs, or even a 10 x 10 tent to enhance the experience.


Join Us as a Team Captain!

Are you passionate about making a difference and rallying others to support the Down Syndrome community? Become a team captain for the Buddy Walk®! Lead the way by registering your team and coordinating efforts to raise funds and awareness. Your dedication and leadership will help us create a memorable and impactful event for all participants.

Buddy Walk® Lane

Team Captains have the unique opportunity to register one (1) vehicle to drive into the gated area of Eastwood Field and set up "tailgate style" before the event begins. This designated Buddy Walk® Lane will serve as a gathering point for teams to meet and celebrate with registered friends and families. We encourage teams to bring refreshments, folding tables, chairs, or even a 10 x 10 tent to enhance the camaraderie and festive atmosphere. Let's come together, celebrate diversity, and advocate for a more inclusive world at the 2024 Buddy Walk®.

Sponsorship Opportunties
Register a Team or Join a Team
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Opportunities for Involvement in the 2024 Buddy Walk® of Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania

  • Create a Buddy Walk® Team (teams can be any size)
  • Join an existing team or register as an individual 
  • Be A Buddy Walk® Sponsor
  • Donate a basket for the annual Basket Raffle
  • Become a Volunteer 
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