The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (also known as IDD). Since 2009, more than 150,000 participants in 60 cities have walked to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for people with IDD.
Register to Walk & Support Best Buddies in your Community:
FloridaFort Lauderdale Gainesville Jacksonville Miami Orlando Palm Beach Southwest Florida Tallahassee Tampa Bay
Virginia & D.C.Washington D.C.
Can't find a Walk in your area? Register as a Global Walker!
Walk. Celebrate. Support.
Since 2009, more than 150,000 participants in 60 cities have walked to raise awareness for inclusion, friendship, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for people with IDD. Funds raised at the Friendship Walks help move our mission forward by funding local Best Buddies programs. It also provides a unique opportunity to see our mission in action at the local level. Every dollar raised goes towards making the world a more inclusive, accepting place.
Make a One-Time Donation
Make a one-time donation and help move our mission forward. Simply choose an event to designate where your funds should be directed. Every dollar raised goes towards making the world a more inclusive, accepting place.
Supporting Local Best Buddies Programs
Funds raised through the Friendship Walk benefits Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
2023 Fundraising Incentives
Create an Inclusion Revolution!
We’re all about creating an inclusion revolution here at Best Buddies, and you’re a part of it. Walking is how you show it, and fundraising is how you grow it. You, yes YOU, can move our mission forward, and we’re here to help – that’s what friends are for.
Top Individuals Nationwide
Top Teams Nationwide (as of July 5th)
1 Team Steptoe ($54,291.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Virginia & DC
2 Miami Country Day Upper School ($30,360.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Miami
3 MAG ($29,560.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Virginia & DC
4 Current Builders ($25,830.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Palm Beach
5 Real Fun Content ($25,260.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Virginia & DC
6 New York Life NH ($25,100.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Concord
7 Dream team ($24,316.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Chicago
8 TCNJ! ($22,848.89) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Princeton
9 Shulman Rogers ($22,335.00) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Maryland
10 BestBuddies Tampa Citizen 23’ ($21,795.09) Best Buddies Friendship Walk – Tampa Bay
Let's Get Started!
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Make Your Push
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Join The Party
Walk with us and celebrate!