September Newsletter
Popsicles in the Park
Sunday, September 9, 2018
3-5 pm
Join our DSAG friends and families for a fun day at Lakeshore Park on Sunday, September 9, 2018 3-5 pm. Drop by to enjoy a frozen treat and play at the park, no need to RSVP. 
The park is located at 6410 S. Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN 37919
Have you registered for Buddy Walk?

You can register online and collect donations until November 15, 2018, this date will be the cutoff for top fundraising totals. Each family that raises a minimum of $100 PRIOR to Buddy Walk will receive $25 in DSAG dollars. Every individual with Ds who is registered will receive a t-shirt at no cost. Click here for Buddy Walk FAQs

Thank you for fundraising!

Like the Buddy Walk Knoxville Facebook Page for updates!
Buddy Walk 2018 Route signs
Would you like to see a sign similar to this one with your loved one's picture?
Buddy Walk route signs similar to the one pictured are available for purchase at a cost of $100 each. Each sign is a durable 18 x 24 weather resistant yard sign. The signs will be displayed at Buddy Walk along the walk route at World's Fair Park; they are yours to keep after Buddy Walk. Like last year, the fundraising incentive remains the same- if a family raises $500 one month before Buddy Walk (October 4) they will receive a route sign at no charge. Click the link below to order a sign.

ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2018. 

Your contribution will help raise funds to support our local programs, thank you for your support!
Littles and Lattes
September 12, 2018
10:00-11:30 am
DSAG is excited to offer a program for our preschool age group. Littles and Lattes is designed to be a playgroup type setting for children with Ds (ages birth to 6 years) and their parents. Feel free to bring your own latte or enjoy the provided coffee. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.

No RSVP is necessary.
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D.A.D.S. will not meet tonight
Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the time with your family.

Dads, grandads, or anyone who is a father figure in the life of an individual with Ds are invited to be part of the group. 

Dads are encouraged to participate in Date night* with the Knox Extra Cool Moms group tomorrow.

Mom's Night Out- Date night*
Tuesday, September 4 at 7PM
Calhoun's on Pellissippi Parkway
10020 Kingston Pk
Knoxville, TN 37922
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Basketball Teams Once Again Assist At Hoops For Hope -...

Basketball Teams Once Again Assist At Hoops For Hope KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For 11 years now, the Sexton family-along with a trusty network of sponsors and volunteers-has hosted the annual "Hoops For Hope" event in West Knoxville to benefit the Down ...

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Hoops for Hope 2018

Quote from a parent-

"My son has participated all 11 years and loves all 364 days prior to the annual event…. to “train”. What a unique way to exercise and be conscious of healthy eating habits............an experience like Hoops is … priceless! Beyond words. It may be referenced in the basketball world as "string music" when the ball strips the net, but to a parent who watches their child receive a day of special treatment from their local ‘stars’, it become “heart string music” that lasts forever. Thanks for the memories."

There were a total of 40 DSAG members who participated in the event! Thank you to the Sexton family, sponsors and volunteers who helped make Hoops for Hope 2018 possible. Thank you to those who participated and cheered on the athletes at Hoops for Hope. The funds raised will help provide recreational scholarships to DSAG members.
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DSAG Membership Dues

Thank you to those who have already paid your 2018-2019 dues. DSAG membership dues are $25 per year per family and payable as of September 1, 2018. As a reminder...the board voted to put this membership fee into place due to the fact that a small group of families were raising the majority of funds at Buddy Walk but yet everyone was benefiting. Families are required to pay this fee in order to participate in Dollywood, parent workshops or any social event offered, apply for recreational scholarships, take advantage of educational programs, etc. The fee has been set at what is considered a reasonable amount for families. If this causes hardship for your family, please contact DSAG. Thank you for supporting DSAG families and programs. Please pay dues by September 30, 2018. Checks can be made payable to DSAG and mailed to PO Box 53575, Knoxville, TN 37950 or paid by card by clicking the link below.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out- Date night*
Tuesday, September 4 at 7 PM
Calhoun's on Pellissippi Parkway
10020 Kingston Pk
Knoxville, TN 37922

*Let's get together! Yeah yeah yeah! Bring your significant other so that moms and dads can get a chance to chat and get to know each other better!

Mom's Night Out
Tuesday, September 18 at 7 PM
Mellow Mushroom (Farragut)
635 N. Campbell Station Rd.
Farragut, TN 37934

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for area moms of individuals with Ds to share information and social events. If you would like more information, look for them on Facebook.
The page is not managed by DSAG.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
  Tentative Event Dates for 2018:

September 3- Happy Labor Day!
September 4- KECM and DADS Date Night
September 9-Popsicles in the Park
September 12 -Littles and Lattes
September 18- Knox Extra Cool Mom's Night Out
September- 28-30-Camp Oginali
September 30-DSAG membership dues are due
October- Down syndrome Awareness Month
October 4-Route signs sales end
November 4- Buddy Walk 2018
March 10- Race 3.21
March 30- Dollywood 2019
Camp Oginali

University of Tennessee Therapeutic Recreation Department's annual weekend camp for individuals with Down Syndrome is held each fall. Come join us as we have a fun-filled weekend full of outdoor learning and adventure. Campers will play games, make crafts, dance, and more. Camp Oginali will be held September 28-30, 2018.

Applications will be available until September 17, 2018.
Click here for more information
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Challenger Sports

Challenger Bowling Bowling begins in September and and ends in the beginning of November . All bowling sessions take place at the Strike n Spare Bowling Arena, located at 5700 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN. All bowlers should wear shoes with light colored soles and please remember NO outside food or drinks are allowed.

Click here for more information
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Click here to register
Do you shop at Kroger?

Kroger Community Rewards is for you. Thank you to those of you who have linked your Kroger card to benefit DSAG. We recently received a donation of $189.42, for you simply signing up  here   and using your Kroger card when you shop.  Kroger has upgraded the Community Rewards system, and as a result, DSAG's new Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number is  IU530.  
Forever His Luau
September 14 & 15, 2018

“Forever His” ministry is designed for children with moderate to severe special needs. Each year, we provide 2-3 events, such as a Bible camp and seasonal parties which give parents much needed rest and respite. The events are staffed with a doctor, nurses, therapists and a lot of loving volunteers!
Click here to register before September 8.