Would you want to...
Be a Red Sox 
or a Bruin?
The Chance of a Lifetime is Here!

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Dear MDSC Family,  

What's your ultimate Boston sports fantasy... 

Your child announcing "Play Ball" over the loudspeaker at Fenway Park or serving as honorary batboy or batgirl who gets the Sox dugout ready for Pedroia, Ellsbury, Ortiz and Company?  
Jumping the boards onto the ice to find yourself on a shift with Bruins greats like Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney and Ken Hodge? 
Whether your fantasy involves the 1st place Red Sox or the Eastern Conference Champion Bruins, now is your chance to make your dream come true. See below for details (certain eligibility requirements apply)!

A Chance for Your Kids (Ages 8 to 14) to be on the Field at Fenway Park on August 3


Can you imagine seeing your son or daughter shouting "Play Ball" just before the Red Sox take the field against the Arizona Diamondbacks or serving as an honorary batboy or batgirl who preps the dugout?  


It's true, if you become an MDSC Buddy Walk All-Star (someone who personally raises more than $500 for your Buddy Walk team) in the next month, you will be entered into a drawing to have a child in your family between 8 and 14 participate in pregame ceremonies on Aug. 3. That's right, your son or daughter could be on the field at Fenway Park when "Red Sox Nation" recognizes "Down Syndrome Nation."


It's Simple: Become a Buddy Walk All-Star by July 26 

All you have to do is personally raise $500 toward your team total for any of our three Buddy Walks by July 26, and you'll automatically be entered into a random drawing. The selected All-Star will receive up to three tickets - one for a parent and two for children between the ages of 8 and 14. And the funds you raise will go to support critical MDSC programs like Parents First Call, Advocates in Motion, our Educators Forum and Legislative Advocacy efforts


See below for more information about our three Buddy Walks in 2013 (including links to register).... and remember, the deadline is July 26. 


Special Notes and Restrictions
The selected All Star will have to arrive at the park by 6 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. start on August 3. Only children ages 8-14 qualify for this special experience. This contest applies to any of our 3 Buddy Walks.

Skate with the Bruins Greats on November 24


On November 24, you could not only find yourself on the same ice as Boston Bruins legends, you could even be one of their teammates. 


It's true, you can fill out an application to be one of 23 players on the MDSC All Stars when they face off against Boston Bruins Alumni at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough. All players will receive an MDSC All-Star hockey shirt and 25 complimentary tickets for their family and friends to attend the game. 


And, the top fundraiser on the MDSC All-Star Hockey Team gets a be a Bruin for the day. He/She will get to wear (and keep) an authentic Bruins hockey jersey. Just imagine taking a pass from Reggie Lemelin, crossing center ice with the puck and trying to decide whether to pass to Ray Bourque, Glen Featherstone, Andy Brickley, or Bob Beers. That could be you! See the entire Bruins Alumni roster here






Special Notes & Additional Information

Our 9th annual benefit hockey match is for ages 18+ with a few spots for 13-17 year olds. Visit our Boston Bruins partnership page for complete information, including an application. Contact Development Associate Becca Canavan at hockey@mdsc.org with any questions.

 Boston Sports & the MDSC
We are thrilled about these opportunities to partner with Boston's storied sports teams. Both collaborations are part of the MDSC's efforts to educate the general public about Down syndrome by promoting the acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. 

On the Cape This Summer? 

Buddy Walk by the Sea - July 27, Falmouth


Once again, our Buddy Walk by the Sea rolls into Falmouth Marine Park (below) over the summer, raising awareness across the Cape, Islands and South Shore and raising funds for critical MDSC programs. Last year we welcomed more than 250 people. 


This year promises to be bigger and better, as we go "overboard" with our Pirate theme. The Toe Jam Puppet Band will kick off the festivities. Move your feet to the 'Skull & Crossbones Square Dance', don your fiercest pirate gear, and meet some local Cape Cod mermaids! Plus, our Self-Advocate Ambassadors will return to the stage. 


...for a chance to win!

Nothing like Autumn in Central Mass! 

1st Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair - Sept. 22, Uxbridge


Our first ever Buddy Walk & Harvest Fair in Central Massachusetts will be held September 22 at the beautiful River Bend Farm in Uxbridge. We expect to bring more than 500 individuals with Down syndrome, families, and friends together for an early autumn celebration. 


We will have children's entertainment, games and refreshments, culminating with an early autumn 1-mile stroll around the grounds. Funds raised will support all MDSC programs advocating for full, meaningful lives for individuals with Down syndrome across the state.



...for a chance to win!

Our Biggest Awareness Event Can't Be Beat

17th Buddy Walk & Family Festival - Oct. 13, Wakefield

For 16 years, it was known as the Buddy Walk & Family Picnic. It has always been our biggest annual awareness event and fundraiser. In fact, because of  the "festival" atmosphere and the variety of entertainment offerings -- live performances, face-painting, music-making, climbing trucks, etc. -- we have decided to more accurately call it our the Buddy Walk & Family Festival.


This year, we are launching a new lunch program to give you more control and variety in the food offerings. We are also thrilled to welcome back to our Buddy Walk stage in 2013 Rachel Coleman of "Signing Time!" (right), the television program that teaches children basic American Sign Language in a fun, engaging way.  


...for a chance to win!

About the Buddy Walk Program

The Buddy Walk� was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society 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 nearly 300 walks planned for 2013 worldwide. In 2012, more than $11.5 million was raised nationwide to benefit local programs and services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome. The MDSC Buddy Walk Program is New England's largest public awareness platform to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

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Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Mission

We work to ensure individuals with Down syndrome in Massachusetts are valued, included, and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives by providing information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.