Walk Day Information

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome West Florida is proud to announce we are holding our 3rd FDSWF Buddy Walk®, October 27th, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. We invite you to partner with us to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

The day will start at 1:00 PM with a “child friendly” Tailgate Party. You’ll be able to enjoy great music, children's activities, vendors, exibitors, and delicious food. Join us for Face painting, inflatable jumps, and so much more! We will post a full schedule and list of vendors soon.

Meet your favorite Superheroes, Princesses and Star Wars characters! Buy raffle tickets to win awesome prizes and visit our self-advocates bake sale, all before the walk begins! More information on this year's prizes to come.

Vendors and Exhibitors will be available from various Special Needs agencies and providers. Check back soon for a list of vendors and exibitors who will be in attendance at the event!

Opening Ceremonies start at 2:00 PM with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) giving an inspiring speech. After the speech, we will introduce our self-advocate Grand Marshalls and give recognition to all of our hard working Buddy Walk Teams.


The top three teams will receive a Buddy Walk Goodie bag and a Buddy Walk Certificate of Recognition!  You will also receive VIP Parking, the use a Buddy Walk Tent, and a Buddy Butler while you are at the Buddy Walk.


Prizes will be awarded to the teams who have:

1.  The most walkers

2.  The best theme

3.  The highest pledges.  Donations must be received by 6pm Oct 26th.

Check back soon for more exciting team incentives details. 


Our Grand Marshalls will then award each person with Down Syndrome a Buddy Walk medal.

Starting at 3:00 PM, participants will be lead by our Grand Marshalls in our Down Syndrome Advocacy Walk around the foodball field. You may even see yourself on the MegaTron Screens! Then it's up to the Buccaneers Pirate Ship to take your pictures.

After the walk, feel free to sitck around to enjoy the stadium, children's activities, and lots of food! We can't wait to see you there!


Click to see full event schedule and Buddy Walk map!

To register, please select the REGISTER button in the upper right hand corner of this page.  Early registration begins June 1st with a $10 registration fee for individual walkers. Late registration begins Oct. 2nd - Oct. 26th with a $15 registration fee.  Registration at the event is $20. A FREE Buddy Walk t-shirt, DS Awareness bracelet and access to all the day’s activities is included with each registration.  Individuals with Down Syndrome and children under 12yrs old are FREE (please register them). T-shirt availibility is not guarenteed after Oct. 1st.