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Join us as we walk in support of Best Buddies’ mission of inclusion.
9:00 AM – Noon | Virtual Event
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.
We are excited to announce the launch of a unique Friendship Walk experience. Best Buddies in Jacksonville has created an innovative approach to this year’s Friendship Walk. Although we hoped 2021 would bring back some normalcy to the in-person Friendship Walk we know, precautions still need to be made. Therefore, we are taking our event virtual! Doing this allows our at-risk participants the option to celebrate the Friendship Walk in a safe and socially distanced manner. With that in mind, this year’s walk will include a unique component: Virtual Satellite Walks to be held anywhere a walker can walk. It is our vision and goal to launch a fully throttled inclusive event in which anyone anywhere can participate in Friendship Walk 2021.
Virtual Satellite Walk
Join us online in our interactive walk platform for opening ceremonies and warm up. We hope you will celebrate with us from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. Here is how it works:
For sponsorship opportunities and other event inquiries, please contact: KelseyGilson@bestbuddies.org.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Opening Ceremonies: 9:00 AM
Walk: Directly after Opening Ceremonies
Celebrate Until: 12:00PM
Virtual Event on Best Buddies Florida Facebook Live
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.
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Best Buddies in Florida 3545 St. Johns Bluff Rd S, Ste 357, Jacksonville, Florida 32224
The Best Buddies Team is currently assessing alternative Friendship Walk plans for scenarios in which social distancing practices are set in motion. As soon as we can, we’ll be sharing that with you. As always, thank you for your support of the Best Buddies mission.