December Newsletter
Buddy Walk 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped with fundraising for Knoxville Buddy Walk 2018, together we raised a total of nearly $70,000!!! After expenses, total proceeds are approximately $53,000. A page explaining some of the programs DSAG supports throughout the year can be seen by clicking here. If you are interested in helping plan Buddy Walk 2019, be looking for more information in March of 2019. Thanks again for all of your hard work and support! 

Click here to view the pictures from the Photo Booth at Buddy Walk
Top 2018 Buddy Walk Fundraisers
First Place Fundraiser
Luke Sales with a total of

Luke turned two this year and has continued to develop as a playful and mischievous toddler. His world has grown; he now trots effortlessly around the house and backyard in search of new adventures. Still, he remains sweet-natured and eager to give hugs and high-fives. We love his contagious smile and his laughter can truly soften any heart. Luke is an irreplaceable part of our family who, in just a few short weeks, will also be gaining the duties of big brother.
Second Place Fundraiser
Harper Reid Wilson
with a total of $2,990.00

Harper Reid Wilson is 2.5 years old. She’s super lovable, super energetic, and super sassy! Harper loves books, being outside, and jumping in her bounce house. She’s also well on her way to running just as fast as her twin sister, Olivia. Harper is the daughter of Travis and Leah Wilson of Lancing, TN.   
Third Place Fundraiser
Izzie Griffin
with a total of $2,610.00

So full of life and so full of energy. Izzie has continued to amaze all those who know her. Her smile is contagious, her laugh is one of a kind and her spirit is full. She lives life at a worldwind pace keeping up with her “bigs.” Three older siblings offer her a safe place to be Izzie. Being challenged, encouraged, loved, and played with is nothing but remarkable to watch. She’s completed our family in a way no one could have ever dreamed. Her life is a miracle and we are so very grateful to the community that surrounds our family and loves us well. We are thankful to our Creator who made us all perfect in His image. Izzie is perfect. She is loved. And she loves us well, too. We enjoy Buddy Walk every year and consider it an honor to be a part of it!  
Thank you to those who raised $1,000 or more for Buddy Walk 2018 
Addie Burgess- $2,341.12
Cora Hall- $2,084.00
Grace Cobb-$2,080.00
Morgan Holbert- $1,986.00
Josie Saunders-$1,775.00
Kaci Herron- $1,580.00
Savannah Kuhn- $1,545.00
Molly Rader-$ 1,380.00
Bella Letterman- $1,297.00
Kelaney Loveland- $1,250.00
Shane O'Connor-$1,180.00
Harper Williams- $1,175.00
Sarah Jean Ellerd-$1,155.00
Cassie's Crusaders-$1,105.00
Harper Alm- $1,050.00
Ellyn Wilson- $1,040.00
Lily Rudder- $1,000.00
D.A.D.S. will meet tonight
December 3
DADS will meet at-
McAlister's Fountain City
2885 Tazewell Pike
Knoxville, TN 37918
6-7:30 pm

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. 
Littles and Lattes
Wednesday, December 12
10-11:30 am
DSAG continues 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. No RSVP is necessary. Thank you to First Baptist Concord's Helping Hands Ministry for providing the space for us to meet.
Knox Extra Cool Moms
Mom's Night Out
Monday, December 17 at 7pm
9208 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37931

Knox Extra Cool Moms Facebook page was created for Knoxville 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.
Bowling with CAK

Individuals with Down syndrome aged 10 and above are invited to participate in this fun day of bowling with the CAK Bowling Club. Parents may drop off their child or may stay and watch.

When:  Saturday, December 8 from 1-2:30 pm
Where:  Oak Ridge Bowling Center
(246 S Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830)
Cost:  $10 per participant at event

Register  here  by
Thursday, December 6 2018

If you have any questions, feel free to email 
Special Olympics
If you have a child with Ds age 8-18 years old who would like to participate in Spring 2018 Special Olympics but they do NOT have a school or organization they can compete with, please click here to receive more information.
They must live in Knox County, Anderson County or Oak Ridge.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
Tentative Event Dates for 2018-19:

December 3- DADS meeting
December 8- Bowling with CAK
December 12- Littles and Lattes
December 17- KECM Mom's Night Out
December 25- Merry Christmas!
March 10- 3.21 Race
March 31- DSAG Dollywood Day
Knoxville Challenger Sports, Inc.

Knoxville Challenger Sports is an organization created to give opportunities to children and young adults with special needs. We are a non profit organization that began with Little League Challenger Baseball. Now we have grown to include basketball, golf, swimming and bowling.  It's Basketball season!!

Click here to learn more.
UT Knoxville Research Study

Click here for information about the study. You can view the flyer here. Please contact Mr. Nocera with any questions concerning this study (phone: 865-974-5091, email:

Night to Shine

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 8, 2019, more than 500 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers!

Click here for more information
INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. 

Click here for more information