Buddy Walk to offer inclusion opportunities

  • Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 8:12 a.m.
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Jordan Hall and his mother Jenny race to join his dad Tim for the start of a previous CSRA Buddy Walk at USC Aiken.
Aiken Standard File Photo Jordan Hall and his mother Jenny race to join his dad Tim for the start of a previous CSRA Buddy Walk at USC Aiken.

Jordan Hall, a spirited and happy kid, will join other children and adults with Down syndrome along with their families for a CSRA Buddy Walk at USC Aiken’s quadrangle by the Student Activities Center on Saturday.

The public is invited to participate in the event, which features many other fun activities. Registration will start at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

Jordan’s parents, Jenny and Tim Hall, worked with other parents to start an Aiken site for Upside of Downs – a national nonprofit support organization for families with a child or adult with Down syndrome. The Aiken chapter collaborates with the Augusta-area program for the Buddy Walk, which alternates between Aiken and Evans each year.

Jordan, 11, an Aiken Elementary School student, was on the Flag Football League championship team at Citizen’s Park this fall, his mom said. He’s a big fan of basketball and football and enjoys doing chores around the house, especially laundry. His favorite book series is Scooby Doo.

“Our goal is inclusion, education and acceptance of people with Down syndrome,” Jenny Hall said. “It’s very important to raise awareness through a day with the Buddy Walk, where everybody is involved. For those of us with an individual with Down syndrome, we have a connection so we can help each other out.”

In recent years, the event has attracted hundreds of people – families and community residents – throughout the CSRA and beyond, Hall said. The Halls and other parents are delighted by the sponsorships from area businesses that help support the organization.

The Buddy Walk celebration will include carnival games and lots of food, and “anybody can come in for the walk and enjoy the day with us.”

For more information, visit the website at www.aikenupsidedowns.org.

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