New Directions
Download Buddy Walk Pre-Registration Form

Buddy Walk is held Rain or Shine!


Saturday, Sept. 16
10 am - 1 pm
Sertoma Park, Sioux Falls
PLEASE PARK AT CENTRAL CHURCH - 3102 W. Ralph Rogers Road (see below)

9:30 am — Shuttle Buses Begin Running from Central Church Parking Lot to Sertoma Park
Parking is very limited at Sertoma Park. We are not allowed to park in The Butterfly House & Outdoor Campus parking lots. Side street parking is limited also. Therefore, we are providing parking at Central Church (formally Central Baptist Church) and we will shuttle you to Sertoma Park! We will run buses back and forth every 15 minutes or so!

10:00 am - Entertainment & Activities Begin/On-Site Registration

If you have Pre-Registered via mail or online, please go to the “Pre-Registration Pick-Up” tables. If you have not pre-registered, please register at the “Register Here Today” tables.

There will be musical entertainment, a raffle, children's activities, mascots, a photo booth and fun!

10:45 am - Welcome and Thank Yous

 11:15 am - Walk

For those that want to walk, the one-mile walk begins and ends at Sertoma Park. Seating is available for those attending but not walking.

 Following Walk — Lunch and More Entertainment

 Lunch will be served following the walk. We will also have several special performances during lunch, which include many individuals with Down syndrome! 

1:00 Event Concludes

2:00 Last Shuttle Buses run from Sertoma Park to Central Church Parking Lot


Questions? Contact Carin Griffith, Buddy Walk Director, at

 Looking forward to Buddy Walk 2017!!

The Buddy Walk® was created by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to over 250 events across the country and around the world in 2016! Millions of dollars are raised nationwide each year to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

"The Buddy Walk® is always amazing… otherwise we wouldn't travel from Minnesota every year to attend! What we love the most is the friendly atmosphere, not only from the staff and sponsors, but the families especially; everyone is always relaxed and positive, and always willing to listen and lend a hand, if needed. We will continue supporting the New Directions' Buddy Walk® and its message!" "


We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of our 2017 Buddy Walk Sponsors!

Great Buddies
    • The Auto Group
    • Sioux Empire Automotive
    • Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union
    • Maguire Iron
    • Sanford - Vermillion
    • Wells Blue Bunny
    • Dairy Queen - 26th St.
    • First Premier Bank
    • Thompson Electric Company
    • BDS Motorsports
    • Delta Dental
    • PT Enterprises
    • Three Arrows Photography
    • Jessica Walter Photography
    • Jody Rosenboom Racing
    • Sioux Falls Connections Leads Group
    • Horizon Dealer Resources
    • Select Companies
    • Sanford Patient Appointment Center (PAC) Nurses
Good Buddies
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • Gabe Nelson Financial
    • Dakota Style Foods
    • American Legion Auxiliary Post #62
    • Helms & Associates
    • Webster Area School District Staff
    • Sioux Falls Family Vision
    • Orthotic & Prosthetics
    • AaLadin Industries
    • Drake Orthodontics
    • SBS CyberSecurity, LLC
    • Quality Motor
    • Applebees
    • Bounce Around Inflatables
    • Pizza Ranch - Tea
    • Grand Stay Hotel & Suites
    • Best Western Ramkota Hotel
    • Brick House Creations
    • Oh My Cupcakes!
    • FlyBoy Donuts
    • Renner Corner Locker
    • Sioux Falls Stampede
    • Wild Water West
    • West Mall 7
    • Scheels
    • Queen City Bakery
    • Pizza Rev
    • Dark Knight Entertainment
    • Dance Gallery
    • Ever After Entertainment
    • Central Garrison 501st Legion Storm Troopers
    • McCormick Entertainment
    • Sioux Falls Fire Dept.
    • El Riad Shrine Clowns
    • Coco Cola
    • HyVee (Empire Mall)
    • Sunshine - Tea
    • Carolan Rental
    • Campbell's Supply
    • Weight on Me
    • Arm Kandy Bags - Samantha Whaley
    • Papa Murphy's
    • Jones Family Eye Care
    • Girton Adams
    • CHS/Eastern Farmer's Worthing
    • Sky Zone
    • Laura David Keppen Family Fund of the SF Area Community Foundation
    • Pampered Chef - Carol Vandonslear
    • Meghan Archer Photography
    • Creekside Vet Clinic - Mitchell
    • Country Apple Orchard
    • Beautycounter - Gwen Berentschot
    • Cherry Rock Farms
    • bh & co creations
    • PartyLand
    • Brandon Valley Art Club
    • Walmart East
    • Walmart West
    • Great Plains Zoo
    • Central Church
    • Canton Dental Clinic
    • Bottoms Up



Online Pre-Registration is closed. You may still register at the Buddy Walk on Sept. 16!