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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies’ mission of inclusion.
Join us Virtually or In-Person!
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).
Join 40,000 walkers across the country to support the Best Buddies programs in your schools, workplaces and communities. You’ll be making the world more welcoming to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – one friendship, one job, and one life-changing connection at a time.
Join us for our first-ever “Hybrid” Friendship Walk as we celebrate inclusion both virtually and in-person. We will host in-person, entry-timed waves between 9:00am-3:00pm for participants and their teams to join together and pick up t-shirts, take photos, and do a quick walk. We are thrilled to return to Crossgates Mall this year to celebrate.
We will also be hosting various livestream and pre-recorded virtual events between 9:00am-7:00pm so that everyone can be included, even from the comfort of their own homes. The official online Opening Ceremonies will go from 11:00-11:30am on Facebook and the virtual Awards Ceremony/After Party will be hosted at 5:00-6:30pm via Zoom.
Though we know this year may look different than it has in the past, we hope you will join us in whichever way is best for you. Thank you for supporting Best Buddies!
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: SophieDubuisson@bestbuddies.org
*Please note that any in-person gatherings will be based on the current NY Government restrictions and COVID-19 protocols. All in-person gatherings will require participants to wear masks and maintain social distance when interacting with others.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Waved Entries – please email SophieDubuisson@bestbuddies.org to sign up
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
Albany, NY 12203
Opening Ceremonies at 11:00am
Awards and After Party at 5:00pm
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Going the extra mile for Best Buddies.
Introducing the all-new Friendship Walk Fundraising Incentive Program. Each time you hit a fundraising incentive level, we’ll send you an email confirming your shipping address and that item will be immediately sent to you. (Except the $50 participant shirt which will be given to you either on Walk day or picked up the day before the Walk - see your local Best Buddies office for more detail) Incentive levels start at $50 and go up to $1,500. Get all six and you’ll be repping Best Buddies to the fullest!
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Join us as we walk for the Best Buddies mission!
Let’s change the world for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities.
It’s much more than a walk, it’s a party!
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.
Best Buddies in New York 13 Schoolhouse Ln. Waterford, NY 12188