On October 15, 2016 Skills of Central PA, Inc. showed our support at the 8th Annual Centre Region Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk® at Medlar Field, State College. A team of twelve individuals, including Skills of Central PA employees and their families, along with County Commissioners Michael Pipe and Mark Higgins joined together as the Skills Crusaders.
It was a cold morning filled with the warmth of the community coming together to show their support for families who are experiencing a child or loved one that has Down syndrome. The walk began at the entrance of Medlar Field and continued around Beaver Stadium. The total distance was approximately one mile and took about a half hour to complete. Afterwards, walkers joined together for food, music, games and entertainment at the Buddy Walk Festival.
The Buddy Walk® is a national program that has grown from 17 Walks in 1995 to over 250 in 2016. 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 goal of the Centre Region Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk® is to ensure that every person with down syndrome is given the opportunity to be a valued member of our community. Skills of Central PA, Inc. is a proud sponsor and supporter of this event.