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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies mission of inclusion.
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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.
Raised $50 or more? Stop by MOD Pizza at Tempe Marketplace on Thursday, April 8th from 5pm to 7pm and get your shirt! Additionally, you are welcome to pick up your t-shirts the day of the walk on Saturday, April 10th at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Also, for everyone who comes to pick up their shirt on Thursday at MOD, you will receive a 2020 Friendship Walk t-shirt as a bonus — two shirts in one pickup!
Note: MOD Pizza is located directly adjacent to Barnes & Noble, near the AT&T Store.
In short: a party! We hope you’ll join us for our first in-person event in over a year as we celebrate friendship & inclusion with hundreds of our favorite friends. This year’s Friendship Walk will be celebrated as a drive-thru event, where you will drive through our car parade route and interact with tons of fun stops along the way.
Joining us at this year’s event: Colten Cowell Foundation (bringing the Batmobile!), Trucks Only, Arizona Coyotes, Suja Juice, Lifeaid Beverage Co., Bahama Bucks, MOD Pizza, Noms Cookies, Veregy, and the Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club. We will also be joined by Absolute HCBS, HOPE Group and Riseability for our Vendor Expo for parents, teachers and students looking for some great resources.
In 2020, the Friendship Walk pivoted to a virtual model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were amazed by the willingness of our friends and supporters (read: you!) to pivot along with us, raising over $100,000 — a record-breaking amount! — and proving that inclusion is never canceled.
As we closely monitor the distribution of vaccines and continue to comply with local regulations and mandates, we will be hosting a hybrid event to ensure everyone has a chance to join the fun. We will once again broadcast our event to Facebook Live, and are excited to announce some exciting details for those who prefer an in-person event!
On Saturday, April 10th, we will host a drive-thru car parade at Tempe Diablo Stadium, as well as a chance to get your walk shirts and feel the excitement of an in-person event — all from the safety of your own vehicles.
We thank you for your continued support of Best Buddies, and we know that because of supporters like you, we will once again prove that nothing can slow down our mission of friendship and inclusion!
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: TrevorPaxton@bestbuddies.org.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Hosted via Facebook Live
9:30 AM: Live Stream Begins
Official Celebratory Drive-Thru Parade
Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 W Alameda Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282
9:00 AM: Check-In
9:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies Begin
9:45 AM: Celebratory Car Parade Begins
10:15 AM: Top Fundraiser Awards Announced
10:30 AM: Event Ends
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 Arizona 4527 N. 16th St., Ste. 106 Phoenix, AZ 85016