New Directions
Download Buddy Walk Pre-Registration Form

Buddy Walk is held Rain or Shine!

NEW THIS YEAR! Off-site parking for convenient shuttle bus drop-off!

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!

FREE Shuttle Bus Service Times:

Starting at 9:30 am, buses will run every 15 minutes back and forth from Central Church Parking Lot to Sertoma Park/the Buddy Walk.

Last bus will run from Sertoma Park to Central Church Parking Lot at 2:00 pm.

Central Church (formerly Central Baptist Church) 3102 W. Ralph Rogers Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57108


Walk Day Schedule:

10:00 am -- Registration

If you have Pre-Registered for the walk, please go to the "Pre-Registration" table. If you have not pre-registered, please register at the "Register Today" table.

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.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Entertainment and Lunch

There will be musical entertainment, a raffle, children's activities, mascots, a photo booth and fun! Lunch will be served following the walk.

We will also have several special performances during lunch, which include many individuals with Down syndrome!

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
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



Pre-Registration is open until August 10

Pre-Registration Form

Registration Cost

before August 10
Day of walk
Adults ages 18 & up $10 $13
Children ages 3 - 17 $5 $8
Children 2 and under Free Free
Individuals with Down syndrome Free Free

Please fill out the following for each person attending

Add more Walkers +

T-shirt Design!

(T-Shirt will be white)

Pre-Register by August 10 and Receive one FREE T-shirt!

(one per household address)

Please Note: Pre-Registration -Before Aug. 18th: $20.00 Registration- AFTER Aug. 18th: $25.00

Please Note: Additional t-shirt cost : $12.00

Additional T-shirts are Available for $12 each  Add More +

Total Number of Paid Shirts 0 x $12 each = 0

Youth size are $24 each  Add More +

Total Number of Youth Sweatshirt 0 x $24 each = 0

Adult size are $28 each  Add More +

Total Number of Adult Sweatshirt 0 x $28 each = 0

(Please mention the amount in "Additional Donation" field)


Waiver. In consideration of me and/or my minor child being permitted to participate in the Buddy Walk, I hereby for myself, for my heirs and personal representatives - assume any and all risks which might be associated with the event. I further waive, release discharge, and covenant not to sue the National Down Syndrome Society or NDDSA, its officers, employees, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, or other representatives or their successors and assign for any and all injuries or damages of any kind whatsoever suffered by myself and/or my minor child as a result of taking part in the events and any related activities. I also authorize the use by NDSS or the NDDSA of any photos, film or videotape taken of me or my minor child at the event for any purpose.REGISTRATION NOT VALID UNLESS AGREED.