West Forsyth High School, Clemmons

Buddy Walk

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to nearly 275 walks planned this year worldwide. Last year, more than $11.75 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.

The DSAGWS Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day is the primary fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem (DSAGWS). In addition to raising funds and awareness, it's is a great place to meet other families and learn about the rewards of having a child with Down syndrome. Each year our attendance has grown and we’re expecting over 1250 people this year to participate in this family friendly event which includes food, entertainment, carnival games, educational information, talent show, music and more.

You won’t want to miss it!

Looking to Sponsor the Buddy Walk

For information about becoming a sponsor of a DSA of GWS event, please contact:

Jay Callahan – (336) 739-3696 | jay@dsagws.org

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.  For your reference, our Tax ID Number is 20-3131948.

Team Captain and Fundraising Guide

Your guide to recruitment and fundraising success


Dear Team Captain,

Thank you for leading the way in Down syndrome advocacy by taking on this important role of Buddy Walk Team Captain!

The success of the Greater Winston-Salem Buddy Walk relies on teams of friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, led by people like you. As a Team Captain, you build excitement and help your team set fundraising goals, and we’re here for you every step of the way.

In this kit, you’ll find everything you need to get started, including:

• Tips on building your team.

• Fun and easy fundraiser ideas to inspire you and motivate your teammates.

• Information on obtain sponsorships for team credit.

• Details of our 2023 incentive program.