Buddy Walk

7th Annual DSNOCC Buddy Walk and 2nd Annual Buddy Run!


Saturday, October 6th 

Jacksonville Commons Recreational Center

Join us for family fun to include food, games, auction items, DSNOCC gear for purchase, and special performance by members of Jessica’s Dance Academy.


We will debut and have on display our 2018 Advocacy Project! Come see and learn more about this!

Awards to be given to the Largest Team, Most Money Raised , and Most Team Spirit!

Click to register for the event and start fundraising!

2018 Buddy Walk and Run Registration

Guest Speaker for this Year’s Event has been updated.

Makayla Stewart, Ms South Carolina United States will not be able to attend due to the Hurricane. Praying for she and her family.

Guest Speaking at this Years’ Buddy Walk is Jessica Reagle

Jessica Reagle is the proud owner and director of Jessica’s Dance Academy and a passionate teacher aboard Camp Lejeune at Brewster Middle School. She was honored to be named the 2017 District Teacher of the Year and has led a number of professional development sessions across multiple districts to include topics of academic modifications for all learners, dance education, teacher empowerment and motivation and educational techniques and practices for educational aides and teachers. She has implemented and created a variety of successful and innovative programs within her school and classroom.
She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children as well as a CEC mentor for beginning special education teachers. She is also an active member of the National Dance Education Organization. She has been formally recognized for both her choreography and performance throughout her dance career.
Jessica worked closely with Special Olympics for many years as a coach for bowling, soccer, volleyball and swimming and then as the White Oak River Local Coordinator.  She spearheaded an assisted baseball league with her mom while living in Pennsylvania called Buddy Ball, which facilitated inclusive games for people of all ages and abilities. She oversaw Project Unify for Camp Lejeune schools and hosted Unified Games at her school for a number of years. Through her dance studio and in conjunction with other local dancers and teachers, she produced an annual benefit concert for both the local Special Olympics and Ainsley’s Angels chapters.
She created a curriculum and program for an inclusive dance program at her studio, which runs weekly and proceeds directly benefit the local Ainsley’s Angels chapter.
Each April, she leads the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign at her school and continuously advocates for the rights of children of all abilities.


Our 2018 Sponsors

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JZ Mann Pediatric Therapy              Modern Exterminating

Carteret Children’s Clinic       UPS Store in Cedar Point

National Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM.

Pediatric Speech & Language Services

Ainsley’s Angels Eastern Carolina

White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry              Bayada

Burch’s Landscaping           Liberty Christian Academy

Bayada    Ainsley’s Angels in Eastern Carolina

                                                          Trillium Health Resources

   Pediatric Speech & Language Services     MAD Music

Elizabeth Horn Digital Works

A Beautiful Moment Photography

 Food Lion #167

La’Moore Photography LLC

 Hungry Howie’s #00627


Dr Rojy        Davis Auto Sales

Auction items from the following businesses: Forkful, Jump in Jax, Swanky Sweets, Giggles, Napoli’s pizza, Salty Sheep Yarn, Liberty Tire/Firestone, Frame Game, 9 Yards Fitness, Scentsy basket, Jersey Mike’s in Swansboro, The Boro Restaurant & Bar, Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant, Atomic Blonde, Phoenix Rising, and Shades of Color in Cedar Point, Christina’s Wine Boutique, Riverside, Caribsea, Field of Dreams Therapeutic Riding Foundation,  Gift baskets from Tupperware and Scentsy, LulaRo leggings, and much more!

For more information, please contact our Buddy Walk® Coordinator, Rebecca Droberg, at vicepresident@dsnocc.org or visit http://www.ndss.org/Buddy-Walk/

Buddy Walk PSA

The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk® is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Since its inception, the Buddy Walk® has grownacross the country. We were proud to bring this wonderful, heart-warming event to our community for the first time in 2012!