We're Stepping from Ordinary to EXTRAordinary!

The 2020 Buddy Walk doesn’t just have a new logo this year – it has a new format as we take steps to ensure everyone’s safety during the pandemic. Although we won’t be hosting the event at the Jacksonville Seawalk Pavilion, we’re very excited to present a reimagined Buddy Walk that will help us raise critical funds for our loved ones with Down syndrome who need our support now more than ever.

The DSAJ team will be supporting Buddy Walk team captains as they host dozens of personalized celebrations – tailored to their friends and family – across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia on Saturday, October 17.

Here is Lauren Rautenkranz, First Coast News meteorologist and DSAJ board member, with more on what you and your team can expect this year:

Where Does The Money Go?

All of the proceeds from the DSAJ’s Annual Buddy Walk events go directly back to the association.

DSAJ uses the proceeds for:

Funding Assistance For:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Computer Tutoring
  • ABA
  • IEP Assistance

Improving & Expanding Services

  • DSAJ’s Employment Initiative
  • Medical Outreach
  • Social Skills Programs
  • New Parent Outreach
  • Social Opportunities
  • Family Educational Opportunities
  • Advocacy/Gov. Affairs

Wellness & Fitness Programs

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • STARZ Dance Team
  • Weight Watchers
  • Down To Box